Led by the artistic direction of London-based, award-winning artist and stage designer Es Devlin OBE, the 2020 edition of London Design Biennale is set to revolve around ‘Resonance’; how design can play a part in the resolve of current social, environmental and political issues, from climate crisis to migration. Over 5o countries will participate in the cohesive art exhibition which calls designers worldwide to artistically consider the challenges we currently face.
Launched by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans CBE, the founders of London Design Week, and now with new direction from former Senior Curator of the Victoria & Albert Museum and the previous head of London Design Festival, Vicky Broackes, the highly anticipated biennale – which takes place every two years – brings together a global selection of innovative designers and works emphasising the power of design to educate and enrich people’s lives.
So far for the 2020 edition, it has been announced that Venezuela will be producing a sustainability-inspired work dedicated to the use of new raw materials. In this case, avocado seeds will be explored as a replacement for fossil fuels. On the other hand, Mexico will be delving into the subject of migration within the US, Mexico and further around the globe through the tale of a Monarch butterfly which migrates south.
Previous editions saw Brazil spotlighting the detrimental destruction of its rainforest, an Australian work devoted to openness and love following the country’s legalisation of same-sex marriage, and a giant gum-ball machine curated by Saudi Arabia, highlighting the undersupply of water across the world, significantly in the Western Asian country.
Reflecting on an array of important global issues, the biennale – which welcomed over 200,000 visitors in its 2018 edition – will shed light on the effects of cohesiveness and the capacity for design to encourage change.
8 – 27 September 2020
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA