Controversial photo series called ‘Experimental Relationship’ by Lijun Liao challenges stereotypes and gender ideals . The female photographer is dating a man five years her junior, which is looked down upon in her home nation of China and in North America. The artist explains, “I used to think I could only love someone who is older and more mature than me, who can be my protector and mentor.” She faces opposition from society members who compare her role within the heterosexual relationship to that of a man.
Lijun Liao created the photo series to challenge gender expectations in heterosexual relationships. It was a bold move that created a master piece of stunningly provocative images making people question their preconditioned beliefs. ‘Experimental Relationship’ by Lijun Liao features self-portraits depicting reverse dominance, leadership and power. Each photograph tackles complex global stereotypes. Liao uses food iconography to emphasis vaginal euphemisms by dressing her boyfriend as sushi and eating papaya from his crotch. Most importantly, the series sheds light on deeply ingrained global stereotypes that are oppressive.