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Justin Shoulder: CARRION ORIGINS

Warrnambool Art Gallery

Never quite human, only ever Frankenstein: a ghost of the west, a virus, a trickster, or a prehistoric bird, Carrion is an amorphous being. Drawing on queered Filipinx ancestral mythologies, this hybrid human/animal/cyborg exists in a speculative future archaeological site conceived by the artist to question the current role of the human at a time of unprecedented destruction of nature.   

Initially designed and performed for the stage, Carrion is an on-going body of work which deftly shifts between gallery, nightclub, theatre and cinema contexts. For this iteration, Shoulder creates an immersive installation akin to a natural history museum to explore the paradox of encasing, conserving and prizing an imagined creature from the devastated future.

PHASMAHAMMER is the pseudonym of shape-shifting artist Justin Talplacido Shoulder. Working primarily in performance, sculpture, video and collective events Phasmahammer is an eco-cosmology of alter personas based on queered ancestral myth. Creatures birthed are embodied through hand crafted costumes and prosthesis and animated by their own gestural languages. The artist uses their body and craft as an instrument of metaphysics towards a queer Filipinx futurism. P.H. believes in performance and shared ceremony as communal medicine for difficult times. 

P.H. is a founding member of queer artist collective The Glitter Militia (Monsta Gras, Pink Bubble) with partner and key collaborator Matthew Stegh and Club Ate with collaborator Bhenji Ra.  Their works have been presented across Australia and Internationally where they work between gallery, nightclub, theatre and cinema contexts. Recent performance highlights include:  La Manutention performance artist in residence at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris 2019, The Prague Quadrennial of Stage Design, 2019, Premiere of theatre work Carrion, Performance Space, Sydney (AUS) + subsequent tour to Artshouse, Melb (AUS), Fusebox Festival, Texas (USA), Museum Macan, Jakarta (IDN), Roskilde (DEN), M+ (HK), Singapore Art Museum (SGD). Asia Pacfic Triennial 8 GOMA (AUS). In 2020 PHASMAHAMMER presented as part of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN, curated by Brook Andrew, and presented at The National 2021: New Australia Art.   

Image credit: Justin Shoulder, Carrion. Photographed by Alex Davies, edited by Tristan Jalleh 2019. Special thanks to The Myer Foundation, Readymade Studios, Performance Space.

*Please note exhibition dates have been extended due to COVID19

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