As a product of rapid urbanization in China, the urban village is kind of "extra-territory" that develops more slowly than the city and is excluded from modern urban management. It is populated by residents of lower life quality.
Choosing "Nantou Old Town", the earliest urban village in Shenzhen as its main venue, the exhibition theme of the 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen) is "Cities, Grow in Difference". The theme aims to advocate that urban village as a living space for the underclass is inseparably interconnected with the development of cities.
Urban villages and cities co-exist and grow together because of their difference. Fonts are representative elements to distinguish urban villages from cities. Therefore, we invited about forty individuals living in urban villages and cities in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong to write information of the exhibition such as the exhibition theme, time and location on wood boards that are recycled from urban villages. We use these wood boards to set up three visual devices and film them to make posters.