Yijun Liao – aka Pixy – is a female artist born and raised in Shanghai, who now resides in New York.
Her series Experimental Relationship (2007-now) challenges Chinese customs, which tend to prescribe man/women relationship as being unbalanced: with the man symbolizing the mentor, the protector; and the women being younger, vulnerable. These autobiographical photographs stage herself and her current partner Moro, who is five years younger than her and a native of Japan. The artist explores the alternative possibilities of heterosexuality and ultimately reverses the male/female power relationship by having the female gaze attempt to view men as an object.
Photography Friday is a regular feature from Shanghaiist in association with Photography of China, Marine Cabos’s fantastic trilingual blog about photography and photographers in China.