APT8 Live: Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra



Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra performing at APT8 Live

Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra will reimagine their characters from traditional mythology and folklore for the last time during APT8 Live this closing weekend of APT8 at GOMA from 12pm Saturday 9 Apr and at QAG from 12pm Sunday 10 Apr 2016.

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, 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.

APT8 Live
APT8 Live continues to animate QAG and GOMA for the duration of the exhibition, and visitors are invited to engage with the program through our monthly events exploring performance and the body in APT8. These incorporate artist performances, drop-in workshops, curators’ tours and a discussion forum in which performance art specialists, academics and artists consider the breadth of contemporary performance art from the Asia Pacific, and how it contends with the regions wide-ranging issues and contexts.

Closing Weekend: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2016

The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT)
is the Gallery’s flagship exhibition focused on the work of Asia, the Pacific and Australia.
21 November 2015 – 10 April 2016

Exhibition Founding Sponsor: Queensland Government
Exhibition Principal Sponsor: Audi Australia
APT8 Live: Supported by the Commonwealth through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade