Ealegy:Five Desire Mechanisms of Nostalgia, Pixy Liao, Installation views

The group exhibition Elegy: Five Desire Mechanisms of Nostalgia is presenting the photography series of Memphis, Tennessee, which was created by Pixy Liao  from 2006 to 2008 including Disco30% Off12 Mellow Fellows and Office.

Text | Pixy Liao

In 2005, my first adventure outside of China took me to Memphis, Tennessee, where I lived for three and a half years. I went to Memphis without the least idea of what it is like. I now think that I was super lucky in choosing Memphis as my destination among a long list of unfamiliar American city names. Memphis has a unique beauty that is untouched by time. It allowed me to have a glimpse of the city from the past and fueled my imagination of an America of another time. It occurs to me later, that my vision today is deeply influenced by the landscape of Memphis. To me, this group of photos is more like a diary, both visually and emotionally.

Pixy Liao,Disco,2008, Digital Print,160 x 200 cm

Pixy Liao,30% Off ,2008,Digital Print,80 x 100 cm

Pixy Liao,12 Mellow Fellows,2008,Digital Print,120 x 150 cm

Pixy Liao,Office,2008, Digital Print,160 x 200 cm

About Artist

Pixy Liao was born in 1979 in Shanghai. Graduated with MFA in Photography from University of Memphis, Pixy Liao currently lives and works in New York. Her solo exhibitions include: Pixy Liao (Jimei x Arles International Photography Festival, Xiamen, 2018), Lady and Gentleman (Galleri Vasli Souza, Malmö, Sweden, 2017), Venus as a Boy (Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, 2016), Some Words Are Just Between Us (First Draft Gallery, Sydney, 2016), Experimental Relationship (Circuitous Succession Gallery, Memphis,2015), Let’s Make Love (Camera Club of New York, New York,2013), The Second Story of Two Stories (Kips Gallery, Seoul,2013), Memphis, Tennessee (Chinese American Art Council, New York, 2011), Experimental Relationship (Adam Shaw Gallery, Memphis, 2008). Selected group exhibitions include: Elegy: Five Desire Mechanisms of Nostalgia (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2019), MUSE MUSE (Czech Center New York, New York, 2018), NSFW: FEMALE GAZE (Vice’s Creators Project, Museum of Sex, New York, 2017), Out Frames (Museum of Modern Art in Bologna, Bologna, Italy, 2016), When We Become Us (Capsule Shanghai, Shanghai, 2016), Bagsim (chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, 2016), The Real Thing (Flowers Gallery, New York, 2016), No Holds Barred – Young Contemporary Art from China (OPEN ART Biennial, Örebro, Sweden, 2015), Double Vision (He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, 2014), En Foco’s New Works (Longwood Gallery, New York, 2013), Song of Ordinary Madness (Running Horse Contemporary Art Space, Beirut, Lebanon, 2012), This Must Be the Place: Contemporary Photography in Memphis (Dixon Gallery, Memphis, 2012), nextkunst.licht (Kunst Licht Photo Art Gallery, Shanghai, 2011), Making the Leap: Crossing Borders (A.I.R Gallery, New York, 2010), Irrelevant: Local Emerging Asian Artists Who Don’t Make Work About Being Asian (Arario Gallery, New York, 2010), Photography Now 2009 (Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, 2009), Hey, Hot Shot! (Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, 2009), 4th Wall (2008 China Pingyao International Photography Fest, Pingyao, China, 2008). She is a recipient of NYFA Fellowship in photography, Santo Foundation Individual Artist Awards, Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival Madame Figaro Women Photographers Award, En Foco’s New Works Fellowship and LensCulture Exposure Awards, etc.