Created for Rencontres d'Arles, LEI LEI’s Romance in Lushan Cinema is a video collage and installation mixing individual and collective memory. Using black-and-white amateur photos from flea markets, postcards, propaganda images from the Mao era, screenshots from the film Romance on Lushan Mountain (the first romance film made after the Cultural Revolution, in 1980), and photos turned up in Web searches, the artist’s nostalgia serves as the starting point of a quest for truth regarding history, family, and personal identity.
PIXY LIAO’s series Experimental Relationship presents 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. These subtle staging’s intelligently reverse "expected" gender roles in the image.