囚人 (Shujin) inspects stoicism in the professional workplace. Jonathan Homsey uses his own life experiences and anecdotes from his childhood in Hong Kong to examine the duality of the highly paced work-ethic against the serene Eastern movement practices. Shujin is a platform for the viewer to examine how their professional life affects their mental health.
囚人 (Shujin) was initially a film installation which has exhibited across Melbourne’s many projection festivals, Sydney’s 107 Projects and Design Festa Gallery in Tokyo. This world debut live iteration is a diptych examining external and internal monologues.
The external monologue is set at the top of the stairs of the iconic Nicholas Building and reflects on the push and pull of work and rest. The intimate audience of 15 descend a long staircase as Homsey unravels stories of burnout in honour of prosperity.
The internal monologue from this descent leads to a four-hour durational performance teetering between physical tensions; using his body as a channel, this work examines the emotional hurdles we put ourselves through to succeed.