Experimental Relationship (ongoing)
As a woman, I used to think I can only fall in love with someone who is maturer than me, older than me. Then I met my boyfriend, Moro, who is 5 years younger than me. I felt the whole relationship is changed all the way around. I become the person who has more authority & power. I feel relationships are for more complicated and always changing, and it has lots of possibilities. So I began to think about the meaning of this relationship and experiment with it.
In this project I throw out questions and ideas about relationship. What will happen if man & woman exchange their roles of sex & roles of power. What this relationship does to man & woman? I also express my frustrations in a relationship, like the impossibility to find a soul-mate, the feeling of isolation & disconnection. Because my boyfriend is Japanese, & I am Chinese. The project sometimes also describes a love & hate relationship.
Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Yijun Liao is an artist currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Liao’s works have been widely exhibited internationally, including NordArt 2011(Germany), kunst licht Gallery (China), Arario Gallery (New York), Jen Bekman Gallery (New York), VT Artsalon (Taiwan), 2008 Pingyao International Photography Fest (China) and more.
She had her solo shows at Adam Shaw Studio (Memphis, TN) and Chinese American Art Council (New York).
Liao has won En Foco New Works Award in 2012, Flash Forward - Emerging Photographers 2011 (Magenta, Canada), Photography Now 2009 (CPW), and Hey, Hot Shot (Jen Bekman Gallery) in 2008, and more.
Liao is currently doing a studio residency at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and will have a darkroom residency at Camera Club of New York in 2013. She has done artist residency at Woodstock AIR program in 2010. Liao holds a MFA in photography from University of Memphis.