童宙 Tong Zhou Lafrance is a multidisciplinary artist and collaborator adopted from China who works in Tiohtià:ke/ Mooniyang (Montreal) in Canada. In 2021, they obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction at Concordia University. Their current artistic practice revolves around the alteration of family and traveling archives to bring forth their agency regarding their transnational migration. Their work has been shown in Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal and Quebec City, namely during the Chinatown Biennial at Whippersnapper Gallery (2021), at Centre[3] (2022), at FOFA Gallery (2022), at Rad Hourani Foundation Gallery (2021), at Eastern Block (2018) and many others. They were part of Artch’s 5th edition and CRÉER DES PONTS’ 2nd edition both happening in Montreal. For an indefinite period of time, Tong Zhou's graduate studies at the China Academy of Art (中国美术学院) are entirely remote. In 2022, they co-founded the [Soft Gong Collective︎︎︎], the first Francophone organization by and for Chinese Adoptees. 


The current artistic practice of 童宙 Tong Zhou Lafrance revolves around the alteration of family and travel archives to bring forth their agency regarding their transnational migration. They work with photo weaving as well as performance art and installation. Tong Zhou is interested in issues related to multilayered identities, in the materiality of souvenirs, in migration and in the transmission of transcultural Chinese heritage. Depending on the project and the environment, they combine the real and the imaginary, the present and the past, the touch and the image, the physical and the screen, the constructed and the deconstructed. What seems contradictory becomes complementary to their journey of self-learning navigating the sense of (be)longing.

Their photo weavings are inspired by the semiotics of Chinese paintings and the design of Chinese touristic objects. Their work depicts real and fictive events related to their transnational adoption, their post-adoption narrative and their travels. Tong Zhou's research focuses on the reconstruction of individual and collective identity. Knowing very little about the heritage of their country of origin, they use the information available to them in Quebec and online to address this issue and make it more accessible to all.

Last updated: November 2022


Last updated: November 2022