Dalang: the back story

Dalang is an urban village in Shenzhen.


A deal has been signed with a developer to redevelop the land. Some of the buildings with historic value, such as a watchtower are also marked for demolition.


Some of the buildings in the village are still being lived in. Any marked up building with a number indicates that that household has already signed a deal with the developer. The families left behind live amongst the rubble. One of the signs say ‘demolition site, growing vegetables is strictly prohibited’.

The arts workshop was organised with the intention of gathering more attention to the lost heritage during the redevelopment of urban villages. The artists are invited to listen, record and most importantly respond to the situation in their own interpretation.