In the photo series Experimental Relationship and For Your Eyes Only, on view at Jimei x Arles, you give the viewer a glimpse of your personal space. You represent your boyfriend and yourself in your pictures: your bodies, your relationship, your intimacy. How do you feel about sharing this intimacy?
All the photographs are staged. Even though they seem to be in intimate settings, these are the images I intended to create for the public. When we are in the photos, we are performers for the camera, to create an image. We are not completely ourselves.
Do you think it is important to be both behind and in front of the camera?
Yes, I think for this project, it is important to be both behind and in front of the camera. Behind the camera, I’m the photographer, the director of the scene. In front of the camera, I’m playing a role that I designed. It’s important that I’m both the photographer and the model, because the project springs from my real life.
Why did you call your series Experimental Relationship?
In the beginning, as a Chinese woman, dating a younger man who is also Japanese, just did not seem to be something that would last. So I called it an experiment — just to see how long it would last. I guess in general, all relationships are like experiments, more or less.