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Justin Shoulder

Justin Shoulder is a Sydney-based artist working in performance, sculpture, video, and nightlife/community events production. His main body of work, Phasmahammer, is an ecology of alter personae based on queered ancestral myth. These creatures are embodied through hand-crafted costumes and prosthesis and animated by their own gestural languages. Shoulder uses his body and craft to forge connections between queer, migrant, spiritual, and intercultural experiences. He is a founding member of the queer artist collective The Glitter Militia and Club Ate, a gang of Asia-Pacific sissies. He has performed and exhibited internationally, including, recently, Carrion at Fusebox Festival (Austin, Texas, USA 2018), the video body of work Ex Nilalang for AsiaTOPA by Club Ate (Melbourne, Australia 2017) First Sight at Museum Macan (Jakarta, Indonesia 2017), and the premiere of his feature-length theater work Carrion for Liveworks Performance Space in Sydney (2017).