Image: Alex Davies


Justin Shoulder

What does it mean to be human in an era when our destructive influence over the planet is rapidly redefining the laws of nature? This magnetic solo performance by Justin Shoulder introduces the figure of Carrion: a post-human spectre that has the ability to shapeshift into multiple forms and speak multiple languages.


With an ego driven by nostalgia, Carrion wanders an archaeological site uncovering objects. Material investigations reveal deep learning about simulation, consumption and worship.

Drawing on queer and bicultural ancestral mythologies, Carrion transports us into a place where the distant past collides with the far future, alerting us to the changes that already lie within ourselves.



“Shoulder’s performance has an astonishing intensity, a sense of ritual and precision of movement that reaches deep into the subconscious. … It’s a remarkable show.” – Witness Performance


Justin Shoulder is an artist working in performance, sculpture, video and nightlife/community events. He was born on the un-ceded lands of the Gadigal people (Sydney) and is of Filipino and European heritage.

Shoulder uses his body and craft to forge connections between queer, migrant, spiritual and intercultural experiences. He 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.

Shoulder’s works have been presented across Australia and Internationally where he works between gallery, nightclub, theatre and cinema contexts. He was the La Manutention performance artist in residence at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris 2019, and exhibited at The Prague Quadrennial of Stage Design, 2019. Carrion premiered at Performance Space (AUS) and has subsequently toured to Artshouse (AUS), Fusebox Festival (USA), Museum Macan (IDN), Roskilde (DEN), M+ (HK), Singapore Art Museum (SGD).