Justin Shoulder & Bhenji ra


Justin Shoulder works in live performance, photography and video and is particularly known for his spectacular performances that developed within the underground context of Sydney's queer performance scene.

Shoulder's performances are based around his highly developed 'Fantastic creatures', invented beings and alter-egos based on mythology, fables and fantasy forms. These creatures are embodied through intricately crafted costumes and movement, with full body suits, prostheses and masks convincingly transforming Shoulder's persona. His practice has its roots in nightclubs and underground live venues and still retains the collective energy of these spaces.

In Ex Nilalang 2015, Shoulder collaborates with dancer Bhenji Ra, drawing on their shared Filipino lineage to re-imagine mythologies as celebratory legends. Presenting a mixture of live performance and video-based portraits filmed in the Philippines with queer individuals and collectives, the artists use their bodies to forge connections between queer, migrant, spiritual and intercultural experiences.

Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra have also worked with the QAGOMA Children's Art Centre to develop a project for APT8 Kids.