Jalila Essaïdi (1980) is a Dutch artist and entrepreneur based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Essaïdi is specialized in the fields of bio-based materials and biological arts (bio-art). She is best known for her work ‘2.6g 329m/s’, also known as ‘Bulletproof Skin’, a project that achieved bioengineered bulletproof human skin. This project combined in vitro human skin with spider silk from genetically modified organisms to create a material that stops a slow-speed bullet.
Essaïdi is well known for combining the arts with entrepreneurship. As owner of multiple start-ups and patents, which initially originated from artistic works, she has been -for several years in a row- chosen among the top most influential people in the Eindhoven Brainport region.
Essaïdi is director of Inspidere® and president & founder of BioArt Laboratories foundation; bio-art Teacher at Fontys Hogescholen voor de kunsten; advisory council for Chambers of Commerce; advisory board member for media & arts at the Lifeboat Foundation and author of i.a. “Bulletproof Skin, Exploring Boundaries by Piercing Barriers”. Essaïdi, was precedently delegation member of the Province of Noord-Brabant for the candidacy of the European Cultural Capital.
Essaïdi earned her bachelor’s in Art at Fontys Hogescholen in 2009, graduated in three-dimensional artwork, autonomous; educational research and development; art review; and art and cultural history. She studied bio-art (honours) at Leiden University from 2008 to 2010, and has done her master’s in arts education from 2010 to 2011 at Alliantie Kunsten Fontys Zuyd, Tilburg.
In 2010 Essaïdi was a recipient of the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award for her project ‘bulletproof skin’ and in 2012 she got a Honorary Mention in the Category of Hybrid Art of the Prix Ars Electronica 2012. In 2013 Essaïdi won the nomination by the BKKC for high potential talent. Essaïdi’s projects have been covered by Associated Press, Reuters, CNN and the BBC, among numerous others, and she has subsequently given interviews and lectures all over the world.
Recent exhibitions include: Dutch Design Week, Van Abbemuseum, MU artspace, The Netherlands; OK Center for Contemporary Art, Austria; Sølvberget galleri, Norway;
Prior to her artistic-career, Essaïdi was project coordinator for international promotional programs regarding innovative applications. With a background in biological art, project- and business management, Essaïdi brings a unique perspective to the successful commercialization and development of biopolymers with her company Inspidere®.
23-06-16 | Launching Mestic® with a big fashionshow, Philips Fruittuin, Eindhoven.
24-05-16 | Speaker at Startup Fest Europe next to CEO’s of Apple, Alphabet/Google, Uber et al, at the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam.
29-04-15 | Guest lecture about ‘2.6g 329m/s’ at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.
22-04-15 | Top 100 manufacturing companies gathering – A talk about ‘bulletproof skin’ and the art of impact, Eindhoven.
20-10-14 | Essaidi’s work is used regularly as an example of the power of creativity in speaches of the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Jet Bussemaker.
04-10-14 | Project ‘Bulletproof skin’ used as a key example by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in their ‘Progress Report BioBased Economy’.