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THE PAST IS JUST A STORY WE TELL OURSELVES 01

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Jose Drummond

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2020

Giclee print with diasec mounting

Edition of 6

Dimensions: 150cm (H) x 100cm (W) x 6cm (D) / 59.1" (H) x 39.4" (W) x 2.4" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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THE PAST IS JUST A STORY WE TELL OURSELVES 01. "1/20/2020. Passengers wearing masks walk under a train information board at the Beijing West Railway Station, ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Stringer "

Photography. Giclee print with diasec mounting. 150 x 100 cm. Ed of 6 + 2 AP.

Since the start of the pandemic that I’ve collected images from the REUTERS website and, after some time, all seemed the same: people in masks, people in hospitals, plastic containers... I decided to question the status of these images with their apparent repetition and similarities. I printed these pictures with an A4 inkjet printer on acetate paper inspired by the elements in many of them. The ink kept its fluidity when printed on acetate - the original image was not perceptible anymore. The next step was to press them to another acetate, and sometimes another, to create a metaphor for contagion. The prints were left unmoved for the equivalent time of the incubation period of the virus of 14 or more days. - some prints kept changing while others faded. A scan of the resulting dry prints was made - a metaphor for medical and scientific research procedures. The final move was to print the resulting digital files as large prints with plexiglass face mounting. These works subvert and question the photographic medium and suggest transience and hybridity. The title of the series implies that memories are what we decide to make of them. The title of each piece is the caption of the transformed source Reuters picture.

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Born: 1965

Hometown: Lisbon

Based in: Shanghai

José Drummond is a Portuguese artist currently based in Shanghai and Macao. His research-driven practice is an enigmatic and poetic investigation of the space in-between with questions of displacement, transience, and fragmented identities. Making use of a heterogeneous formal language where Installation, Video, Lights, Photography, and Painting intersect, Drummond’s process-based hybrid works defy classifications and artistic genres. His works are made with a strong experimental aspect, in the sense of permanently question the relationship, sometimes paradoxical and disruptive with the viewer. He is the director of VAFA - international video art festival, in Macau, and holds an MFA in Creative Practice from the University of Plymouth (UK) and the Transart Institute in New York (USA). He is a 2016 Sovereign Asian Art Award finalist and he’s the recipient of scholarships from the Orient Foundation (Portugal), the National Centre of Culture (Portugal), and the Cultural Institute of Macau.


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