Tong Zhou Lafrance

About the Artist

Tong Zhou Lafrance is a Chinese-born multidisciplinary artist. She was adopted from Anhui, China in 1999 and is currently based between Tiohtià:ke/Montreal and Quebec City, Canada. Her current visual research focuses on the different methods of display enabling the transportability of intimate belongings from one location to another.

Since 2019, she has begun sharing her narrative in relation to her transnational adoption to raise awareness about transcultural identity and the Chinese Adoptee diaspora in Western territories.

Mediums: Photography, Fiber art, Drawing

Artist Statement

"In my early work, I used to draw only from observation to help me build a better sense of belonging. However, the more I drew my everyday life, the less it became easy for me to define where I situated myself culturally speaking. To compensate, I started to investigate the theme of childhood and home in different mediums such as textile, installation and photography. It naturally unfolded into learning more about the country I was adopted from. My current practice addresses the absence of knowledge coming from Mainland China about cultural uprooting of Chinese adoptees in the West. In parallel with learning Mandarin, my art practice is a self-learning journey to navigate the sense of (be)longing beyond territorial borders."

In Between Worlds: an Interview with Tong Zhou Lafrance

In this interview, Mariana Morales discusses with Chinese-Canadian artist Tong Zhou Lafrance about her artistic practice, the highly personal inspiration behind her artworks and her plans for the future.

Tong Zhou Lafrance and An Laurence, UP CLOSE (Artists book), 2021

Price: 12$

Dimensions: 15.2 x 15.2 cm (6" H x 6" W)

Edition:  10 copies available (50/100 - 59/100), numbered and signed 

Artists An Laurence and Tong Zhou Lafrance, both Sino-Quebecer Chinese adoptees, present on Artasiam a limited number of their collaborative zine “UP CLOSE”. The zine offers a glimpse at their creative processes that lead to the creation of their works “Come Closer, I’ll tell you what I forgot” (An Laurence) and “From China, To Canada” (Tong Zhou Lafrance). Made possible by the Chinatown Biennial, this visual and textual documentation also aims to spark conversations about international/transracial adoptees’ identities.