Laiwan is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and educator whose practice is based in poetics and philosophy. Born in Zimbabwe to Chinese parents, her family immigrated to Canada in 1977 to leave the war in former Rhodesia. Since the late 1980s she has investigated colonialism, with an aim towards decoloniality. Laiwan also explores embodiment through performativity, musicality and improvisation. Public commissions have enabled her to address issues of urban development. She is a member of the City of Vancouver Public Art Committee, Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group, and Heritage and Culture Working Group. She also teaches in the Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Goddard College.
Thought, outside: Laiwan, Melinda Mollineaux, Craig Berggold, and Susan Stewart in conversation with Amy Kazymerchyk