Aperture Connect Member Meetup
Friday, February 26
7:30 p.m. EDT
6:30 p.m. Introduction to Aperture with creative director Lesley A. Martin
6:45 p.m. Presentation by Pixy Yijun Liao, participating artist in The Real Thing, now on view at Flowers Gallery
Flowers Gallery is hosting the inaugural meetup event for Aperture Connect Members. This dynamic group, composed of engaged Aperture enthusiasts ages 21 to 37, seeks to further its Members’ knowledge and understanding of photography, publishing, and the international photo community.
About The Real Thing
On view through February 27, 2016
Flowers Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of the work of four female photographers who experiment with gender roles, sexuality, and constructed identity, often putting themselves and their relationships with others in the frame.
About Pixy Yijun Liao
Pixy Yijun Liao’s series Experimental Relationship navigates power dynamics within partnerships between men and women. As a woman brought up in China, Liao describes the perception of an ideal male partner as being older and more mature, playing an authoritative role of protector and mentor. Since meeting her current partner, Moro, who is five years younger, Liao has begun to experiment with alternative possibilities, interweaving a fictional narrative in a series of constructed self-portraits. Photographed within domestic or pastoral scenes, the couple is often locked in an embrace, with the male body unclothed. The artist uses her body to grip, shield, or brace the male figure, accentuating the shifting balance of their relationship.
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Image: Pixy Yijun Liao, Hush, Baby, 2010