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Experimental Relationship Vol 1.1 - 3rd Edition
Regular price $ 65.00
The photographs in Pixy Liao’s photobook “Experimental Relationship Vol. 1.1” are a humorous yet sincere examination of Liao’s relationship with a younger man.
Raised in China, Liao had been brought up with the expectation that she will be the younger, less responsible part of a relationship. In the end, she got together with Moro, a man five years her junior. This divergence from the authority and power dynamic she had expected becomes a central part of her playful and very charming series.
This book is mainly a collection of photos from Experimental Relationship project from 2007 to 2017. 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 seriously thinking about the significance of this relationship, and experimenting with photographs. My photos explore the alternative possibilities of heterosexual relationships. Moro made me realize that heterosexual relationship doesn’t need to be standardized. Depending on the individuals, every two people will have a different type of relationship. Even if the relationship is not the type we are familiar with, it still exists and has its own benefits. The purpose of this experiment is to break the inherent relationship model and reach a new equilibrium. Because Moro is Japanese, and I am Chinese, this project also describes a love-hate relationship. I plan to continue this project as long as we are together. I hope this is the first collection of photos of severals to follow.
Book Size: 260 x 168 x 15 mm
Pages: 160 pages
Publication Date: March 2021
Limited Edition: 500
RongRong's Diary: Beijing East Village
BK-027Regular price $ 60.00
RongRong's Diary: Beijing East Village presents a selection of images and diary entries made by Chinese photographer RongRong (born 1968) between 1993 and 1998, within the artistic community known as Beijing East Village—now poignantly described as “a meteor in the history of contemporary Chinese art.” RongRong’s acutely composed, richly expressive images captured scenes of daily life among fellow young, aspiring artists, and created definitive documents of iconic performance works by Zhang Huan and Ma Liuming, among others. Often highly challenging works, their performances and photographs would send an instant shockwave throughout the Chinese avant-garde, and later the global art scene. Revisiting these texts and images anew for this publication, RongRong has composed a personal narrative of an artist coming into his own. Beijing East Village also serves as an invaluable firsthand record of a burgeoning artistic community, its precarious political context and the real lives behind a pivotal moment in Chinese contemporary art.
PUBLISHER: STEIDL/THE WALTHER COLLECTION, NEW YORK/THREE SHADOWS PHOTOGRAPHY ART CENTRE
BOOK FORMAT: Clth, 8.25 x 10.25 in. / 248 pgs / 124 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS: Pub Date 8/20/2019
DISTRIBUTION: D.A.P. Exclusive
Catalog: FALL 2019 p. 129