Explore Björk’s mouth in the Jesse Kanda-directed video of “Mouth Mantra”

Icelandic genius Björk opened 2015 with grace and emotions with the release of her ninth album “Vulnicura”. Now, for the end of the year, she proposes us a video for “Mouth Mantra”. It is directed by London-based video maker Jesse Kanda and was mainly filmed inside Björk‘s mouth.

If “Vulnicura” mainly deals with the difficult end of her relationship with Matthew Barney, “Mouth Mantra” is maybe an exception. Indeed, the track focuses on a period when Björk was not able to speak for 3 weeks after a throat surgery back in 2012. The track, as the other ones on the album, is very intense as Björk explains that she was not heard and not able to do what she is able to.

The artist explained to Dazed, which premiered the video:”i am so extremely grateful to jesse to be up for going on this journey …. it was brave of him to take it on and i feel spoiled having witnessed him grow , making hi tech mouth models and inventing cameras all to match a little therapeutic song about the throat . his dedication and devotion is overwhelming !!!
i am especially grateful for those sassy dancefloor moments we managed to squeeze in there aswell : true magic !!”

And the director answered: “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.”

By the way, Jesse Kanda is also a collaborator of Arca, who worked on Björk‘s last album.

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