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Yushi Li

By 12th February 2020 October 23rd, 2020 No Comments

Chinese photographer Yushi Li’s work is bold in its use of male nudity to challenge traditional gender roles. But what’s perhaps most disorientating and striking about Li’s work is her choice of domestic settings for her images, which manage to create both a sense of comfort and strangeness to this exploration of sex and heterosexual relationships in modern day society.

Across several bodies of work Li explores hookup culture, and the male form. In My Tinder Boys, Li invited app dates to pose naked, exposing her male dates in analogue images that remove the traces of their digital meeting. But most notably, by making these men vulnerable, a position often reserved for women, Li inverts the female gaze as here the male form is under the spotlight.

All images © Yushi Li