José Drummond is a Portuguese artist residing in Macau, where he is director of VAFA, an international video art festival. He holds an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute in New York and the University of Plymouth. Previous studies include Painting, Drawing and Scenography. He is a two-time nominee for the Sovereign Asian Art Award, and he represented Portugal at the Valencia Biennale. He has been honoured with fellowships from the Orient Foundation (Portugal), the Portuguese National Cultural Centre (CNC) and the Macau Cultural Affairs Bureau. Drummond was named Artist of the Year 2015 by newspaper Hoje Macau and has exhibited in China, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Portugal, Spain and the USA, amongst other nations. Drummond works with Film/Video, Photography, Installation, Performance and Objects. He is interested in the duality between visibility and invisibility and in the space between fantasy and reality. Love, loss, loneliness, dreams and failure are some of his most common themes, in a body of work that is existentialist by nature.
Where Are We Now?
Where Are We Now? is a project that, for eight months, was no more than a continuous poetic conversation with daily posts on Instagram and Facebook. The chosen format for that first action was the reframed of film stills with subtitles. At a certain point the process became more than a celebration of cinema and literature and the project found its own identity in the form of an (e)motion picture. The plot follows the fragmentation of a couple, where the sorrow and disenchantment of the feelings of pain, loss and loneliness emerges in contrast with the longing of the feelings of love, desire and coupling.