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Experimental Relationship Vol. 1.
(2007-2017).

Photographs by Pixy Liao.
Jiazazhi Press, Ningbo, China, 2018. Unpaged, 6½x10¼x½".

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Edition of 500 copies.

Shortlisted for the 2018 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Award.

“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. This project is an ongoing project which grows with our real relationship but is never meant to be a documentation.” — Pixy Liao

Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Pixy Liao currently resides in Brooklyn.She is a recipient of the NYFA Fellowship in photography, En Foco's New Works Fellowship and LensCulture Exposure Awards, etc.

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