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CNN highlights photography of U of M art graduate

A graduate of the University of Memphis’ Department of Art has published a book of her photography and been featured on, and her band, PIMO, has released its first album.

“Experimental Relationship Vol. 1”

Pixy Liao earned a masters of fine arts in photography from the U of M and now lives and works in Brooklyn. Her book“Experimental Relationship Vol.1,” was published in 2017 and is the focus of a CNN story this month, “‘I was much more dominant’: Pixy Liao’s surreal photography disrupts relationship stereotypes,” by Christina Catherine Martinez.

Last month, Time named Liao’s book to its list of the 25 best photobooks of 2018.

Liao admits to having “culture shock” when she first came to the U of M, she told Martinez. In her photography, “She tried landscapes and self-portraiture, using the camera to process her new environment, which differed greatly from her hometown of Shanghai. Her early work in Memphis betrays a shared sensibility with midcentury photographers like William Eggleston and Stephen Shore; and a keen interest in the everyday people and ancillary details that characterize the American South.”

Her book contains 77 photographs of her relationship with her boyfriend that CNN describes as “a series of bizarre and tender poses.”

Examples of Liao’s extensive gallery of photography can be found at her website,

— Phillip Tutor, CCFA media coordinator,

Published inDepartment of Art

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