Jesse Kanda


Vulnicura Utopia


  • Björk Digital 2016-2020

Jesse Kanda

Photographie - Réalisation

Réalisateur, proche collaborateur d’Arca.

Travail avec Björk

Jesse Kanda à propos du clip de Mouth Mantra

If there’s one thing I’d like for people to take away from this video, it’s the power of vulnerability. That is what Björk’s album Vulnicura is all about to me, and hopefully this video reflects that. It’s about having the courage to express yourself and seeing yourself in that mirror. Doing something that scares the shit out of you and sharing it, growing from it, spreading love and courage to others and making the world a warmer place to be and relate to each other.
Making this video was as much a terrifying horrific experience to me as it was a dream come true and pure ecstasy. It was a year-long roller coaster which triggered and ran parallel to some major growth in my own self as well. I have no words to express how grateful I am to Björk for this extremely intimate creation and her love.
Thank u everyone on the team who made this possible - the miraculous John Nolan and his team for the animatronics, beautiful warrior Inge Grognard for the face art and support, ever loving Juliette and Hannah at Prettybird UK, beautiful warm womb crew in Iceland and London, everyone at Dentsu Lab Tokyo and Rhizomatiks Research, lovely Ellie and Pegah, Derek and Andrew at One Little Indian, and my sister Alejandro of course for the beats and looking at it million times with me. Also my computer for not melting down !

Dazed - Décembre 2015

Jesse Kanda à propos de la pochette Utopia

For me it was about creating a portrait that encapsulated what I felt the album represented. And “felt” is really the key word – it’s a balance of soft, hard, strong, fragile, generous, selfish, happy, sad, beautiful, ugly, alive and dead. I absorbed the music, but just as influential was our friendship. We’re best friends (Arca, James Merry, Björk and I) so we live it all together and individually. I digested all of that experience. I’m especially proud that I see all of these different elements balancing and alive in the finished image. I feel it’s different every time I look at it, and even as I’m looking at it it shape shifts. Like a mirror.
(...) James Merry did the face piece and Hungry did the make up and pearls. Björk and Raphael Salley did the hair. All of that was shot in camera. I also took pictures of insects and mouse corpses turned inside out (that’s her dress). Then I gathered all those photos, panicked for a couple days and pieced it all together, painted it etc. So kind of a collage. There were definitely moments of total terror because of the responsibility. But pure bliss as well.

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Jesse Kanda à propos de Björk

She’s just a beautiful human that I’m happy to call my friend. And like in all my friendships, there’s a forever changing dynamic of mutual respect, love, caring … sharing pain and joy ! Comfort to be ourselves and just fun to be around each other. Making stuff together is kind of an awesome bonus.

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