The Rencontres d'Arles
Pixy Liao exhibition in Arles!
APP Curator Holly Roussell will be presenting a selection of work from New-York based Chinese photographer Pixy Liao's series, "Experiemental Relationship" at the Rencontres d'Arles photography festival in Arles, France this summer.
Time & Location
2019年7月01日 10:00 – 2019年9月22日 19:30
The Rencontres d'Arles, 34 Rue du Dr Fanton, 13200 Arles, France
About the event
Pixy Liao is exemplary of a new generation of artists experimenting with the possibilities of portraiture and photography. Her ongoing long-term project Experimental Relationship began in 2007. In this work, she stages photographs with her Japanese boyfriend, Moro, to explore how national culture influences and dictates interactions in a romantic relationship. In her photographs, Liao often portrays herself in a dominant role, while her boyfriend assumes positions of submission. She credits Moro, five years her junior, as inspiration for this ongoing series, explaining, “Moro made me realize that heterosexual relationships do not need to be standardized. The purpose of this experiment is to break the inherent relationship model and reach a new equilibrium.” Liao structures her images to appear often above her boyfriend, looking down on him from above, or fully clothed while he is naked. These subtle staging’s intelligently reverse "expected" gender roles in the image.