Emil van der Wijst // EMOVES Special at This is Eindhoven
One of the flagship events during EMOVES is Step in the Arena, the international graffiti festival that takes place every year in a junction called the Berenkuil, in Eindhoven. Co-founder Emil van der Wijst remembers the first piece he saw as a teenager. “There was an anonymous aspect to it, that made it kind of romantic.”
While most urban athletes and artists upload a great deal of cool photos on their insta-timelines, it is mostly others that post about Emil van der Wijst. When talking to the artistic leader of EMOVES, Dave van den Berg, in preparation of this interview, it only takes him five sentences to explain who we are going to meet: “Emil is one of the founders of graffiti in Eindhoven. Together with the Sol Crew movement from the 90s, he introduced a totally new way of making graffiti. The Sol Crew members were the first to work with latex paint instead of spray cans.” It laid the groundwork for a unique style, that later on would become famous far beyond Eindhoven and even the Netherlands.
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Pictures by Bram Berkien.