Baishizhou and Handshake


Baishizhou is one of the biggest urban villages in Shenzhen. Some have said that all migrants entering into Shenzhen has at one time or another lived in Baishizhou before.

Handshake 302 is an arts initiative started by a group of artists calling themselves the ‘Urban Village Team’, organized to ‘engage Shenzhen’s urban villages through art, theater, and social media documentary projects’. Baishizhou to them is an artspace and Handshake 302 is a 15 square metre apartment in Baishizhou where artists can live in. These artists can then create interventions either in the room or anywhere in the urban village.