Jesse Kanda is a director of a digital age. Coming from a background in 3D design and animation, he often incorporates new technology in his films to create unique hyper-real pictures.
Following the online success of his short film Dutch Wife (later picked up by Channel 4), he quickly garnered attention within the fashion and music industries. Since then, Jesse has worked on projects and collaborations with Comme des Garçons, Martin Margiela, XL Recordings, Kanye West, FKA twigs, and SSENSE.
Jesse collaborated with Björk on “Mouth Mantra,” a music video and 360° experience shot from inside the singer’s mouth. The music video was later transformed into a virtual reality exhibition at Somerset House.
An excerpt of his film TRAUMA, part of an ongoing project with frequent collaborator Arca, was exhibited at MoMA PS1 in 2013 to rave reviews by New York’s finest. The film features Jesse’s mesmerizing visual style and has been shown in its entirety in various galleries throughout the world since its premiere. Jesse continues to take the helm for much of Arca’s content, including the recent music videos for the artist’s tracks “Anoche,” “Reverie,” and “Desafío.”
Jesse’s accolades include a Grammy nomination for his album artwork for FKA twigs’ breakthrough album “LP1.”