Wikipedia tells us that the expression "bling-bling" is used to describe the flamboyant accessories that are part of hip-hop culture. In Chinese, however, the term means "shining storm" and refers to luxury products that betray the tastes and values of their owners. Here Liu Qingyuan, working in association with the YAH Lab collective, undertakes an ironic rechannelling of the ways the urban landscape is consumed, in the form of one of the pedestrian retail streets so common in China. Usually developed by the local authorities, these streets are intended to promote "commercial prosperity" and are packed with advertising and all possible forms of consumption. Twenty metres long, the Liu Qingyuan & Yah project comprises 60 lit-up signs based on wood engravings. Mischievously, the signs give no indication of what is for sale. Facing them are woodblock-printed silhouettes together with comic-strip bubbles waiting to be filled in by visitors: almost a mass entertainment readymade.
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Built in the 1930s and extended in 1960, La Sucrière is an old sugar factory that was used as a warehouse until the ’90s. It was converted for the 2003 Biennale, becoming its emblematic venue in the heart of the new Confluence district.
You enter the 7,000m2 exhibition space through the old silos, thus following the route once taken by inbound shipments of sugar.
The Biennale is arranged into five chapters: The Magic of Things, Celebrating the Drift, Another World is Possible, Living Together and Veduta. Each corresponds to a colour that is indicated on the exhibition plans and in the exhibition areas. La Sucrière is hosting three Biennale chapters: The Magic of Things, Celebrating the Drift and Another World is Possible.
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The Biennale of Lyon is a Les Biennales de Lyon event