Shenzhen is not Venice. It’s much newer, much bigger, and, since its designation as a Special Economic Zone in 1980, expanding at a furious pace. It’s now some kind of phantasmagoria of rapid development. Like Venice, however, Shenzhen does have an architectural biennale : The Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (SZHKB)
From December 6th 2013 to February 28th 2014, the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale will be an art laboratory, capable to show so many urban-related creative works, and concerns on how to show the exhibitions to the public. The biennale is not only a lab, but also an archive and a showroom and it is also the only international Biennale concerns on Urbanism and Urbanization in the world, interactive cultural event between Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
Since 2005, the Shenzhen biennale makes good art accessible to the masses, along with all the politically sensitive questions that good art provokes.
This year, the exhibition will merge architectural, socio-cultural and artistic visions in exploring the Pearl River Delta’s urbanism dynamics and will allow to the 150 000 visitors expected to discover national and regional pavilions from around the world.
Ole Bouman and his team will be offering another view point through the theme “Biennale as risk”: giving a new purpose to industrial heritage. Creative stakeholders such as Droog Design, MoMA New York, The Netherlands Berlage Institute, and the 2014 Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition will present novel approaches on the themes urbanization and borders.