LAIWAN was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, of Chinese origin. She emigrated to Canada in 1977 to leave the civil war in Rhodesia. She is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in Vancouver, B.C. Since graduating from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Laiwan started the OR Gallery (Vancouver) in 1983 and has initiated various curatorial projects such as the Zimbabwean Women in Contemporary Culture Trust (Harare) in 1991. She has also participated in a variety of group and solo exhibitions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the US. For the past ten years, Laiwan has been involved in commu-nity-based volunteer activism. Her writing can be found in numerous publications like Mix, Kinesis, WestCoast Line, The Capilano Review, Harbour. Her artist's book distance of distinct vision was published by the Western Front (Vancouver) in 1992, and a new book from Articule Gallery (Montreal), examining her collages and bookwork since 1982, will be available in February of 1998. For the past three years, Laiwan was co-editor of Front Magazine. She is now directing her focus on new research towards a masters degree at Simon Fraser University.

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