was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, of Chinese origin. She emigrated to
Canada in 1977 to leave the war in Rhodesia.
She started the OR Gallery in Vancouver in 1983 and has since initiated
various curatorial projects, such as the Zimbabwe Women in Contemporary
Culture Trust in Harare in 1991. For the past ten years, Laiwan
has also been involved in community-based volunteer activism.
Education: 1999 MFA, Interdisciplinary
Studies, School for Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University,
1983 Diploma, Interdisciplinary Studies, Emily Carr College of Art
and Design, British Columbia.
Film/Video Festivals: Apr. 2000 Uncommon
Senses: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Senses in Art &
Culture, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec.
Sept. 1999 Art Video sous les Etoiles, Galerie Verticale,
Video entry: 'Remotely In Touch'
Oct. 1998 3rd Annual Split Festival of New Film, Split, Croatia,
Aug. 1998 Paysage Réinventé, Champ Libre, PQ,
Aug. 1998 Out On Screen Queer Film Festival, Vancouver, British
2000 Quartet for the year 4698 or 5760 : Improvisation for four
film projectors, film installation/music performance collaboration
with Lori Freedman, Morris & Helen Belkin Gallery, UBC, Vancouver
- the Art Gallery of Newfoundland & Labrador for the Sound Symposium
2000 Festival, St. John's (July). www.belkin-gallery.ubc.ca/laiwan
- Untitled, postcard project distributed in Vancouver &
Burnaby, the Burnaby Art Gallery, Asian Heritage Month (May)
1999- apture : rupture, collaboration installation by Sam
Shem and writing by Laiwan, Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver (Dec.)
- Machinate: a projection in two movements, film/video/new
- Video In, Vancouver, British Columbia.
(April/May) & Gallery 101, Ottawa, Ontario. (Sept/Oct.)
1996-7 small, medium & not large: books & collages 1982 to present,
Galerie Articule, Montréal (catalogue) & Grunt Gallery, Vancouver,
Engaging the Virtual, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova
1999 Digital Identity: Transforming Communities, Reinventing
Ourselves, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, British Columbia.
1998 Built to Code: Kati Campbell, Laiwan & Ruth
Scheuing, Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia.
- UBC Photographic Acquisition Show, Morris & Helen Belkin
Gallery, UBC, Vancouver, British Columbia.
1997 (be)longing Galerie Optica, Montréal, Québec.
Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, University of British Columbia
Steve Bridger, Private Collection, Vancouver, British Columbia.