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‘Experimental Relationship’ by Pixy Yijun Liao

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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 experiment to me, not a real document of our real relationship.

 

Artist: Pixy Yijun Liao // www.yijunliao.com

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Home-made Sushi.

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Mind-control is a woman’s essential skill.

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Relationships work best when each partner knows their proper place.

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Intimacy will improve your relationship.

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Try to live like a pair of siamese twins.

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Get firm grasp of your man.

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How to build a relationship with layered meanings.

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Some words are just between you and me.

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You don’t have to be a boy to be my boyfriend.

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Hush, Baby.

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I can tell that your heart is fogged.

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Creating a world just for us

 

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