With “Fotomonday“, each week we showcase the work of women photographers from around the world.
As a woman brought up in China, I used to think I could only love someone who is older and more mature than me, who can be my protector and mentor. Then I met my current boyfriend, Moro. Since he is 5 years younger than me, I felt that whole concept of relationships changed, all the way around. I became the person who has more authority & power. One of my male friends even questioned how I could choose a boyfriend the way a man would choose a girlfriend. And I thought, “Damn right. That’s exactly what I’m doing, & why not!”
I started to experiment with this relationship. I would set up all kinds of situations for Moro and I to perform in the photos. My photos explore the alternative possibilities of heterosexual relationships. They question what is the norm of heterosexual relationships. What will happen if man & woman exchange their roles of sex & roles of power. Because my boyfriend is Japanese, and I am Chinese, this project also describes a love and hate relationship.
‘Experimental Relationship’ is an ongoing project which grows with our real relationship but is never meant to be a documentation.
A book “Experimental Relationship Vol.1 2007-2017” was published by Jiazazhi Press in May 2018.
Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Pixy Liao is an artist currently resides in Brooklyn.
She is a recipient of NYFA Fellowship in photography, En Foco’s New Works Fellowship and LensCulture Exposure Awards, etc,. She has done artist residencies at University of Arts London, Pioneer Works, Light Work, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Camera Club of New York.
Liao’s photographs have been exhibited internationally, including He Xiangning Art Museum (China), Museum of Sex (NY), Asia Society (Houston), Flower Gallery (NY), Leo Xu Projects (China), Metro Pictures (NY), First Draft Gallery (Sydney) etc,.
Liao holds an MFA in photography from University of Memphis.
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All images and text © Pixy Liao