• Krystal Paraboo

    Krystal Paraboo (she/her) is an award-winning independent Curator, Art Historian, Writer, and Public Art Planner operating on the unceded ancestral territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səlilwətaɬ peoples. Paraboo’s work has spanned within public and private art institutions over the past decade, with a focus on cultural and community development through artistic expression. She has recently shifted to research in the public art realm transforming spaces through placemaking, land-based artforms and bridging activism with contemporary art practices. Paraboo was the recipient of the 2022 Women of Distinction Awards: Arts, Culture & Design, and leads the Public Art Program with the Black & Indigenous Design Collective (BIDC).

Talks & Events

  • Black Femme Artist Gathering

    Aisha Lesley Bentham, Dissident; art activism murmurings
    November 3, 2023

    As part of our program collaboration with Libby Leshgold Gallery and Black Arts Centre, please join us for Black Femme Artist Gathering.

    Welcoming keynote speaker Artist, Scholar Aisha Lesley Bentham.

    dissident 3: spatial disruption of the body; a cathartic reintroduction to the newest version of myself

    November 3, 7pm
    Libby Leshgold Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

    Please note that this event is exclusively for Black and African self-identifying women, femmes and non-binary individuals.

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  • dissident; art Activism murmurings launch with Krystal Paraboo

    Krystal Paraboo, Dissident; art activism murmurings
    March 3, 2023

    Please join us for an in-person launch and artist talk with Krystal Paraboo who will speak about her issue, Colonial Euphemisms & (inter) Cultural Parlances.

    March 3, 2023
    6:30 pm

    dissident is a quarterly art journal devoted to exploring community driven social practices. Writing against and alongside limiting institutional historical orientation, the series positions restorative literature, intimate recollection, transdisciplinary dialogue, and the production of knowledge and pedagogical practices through active engagements with progressive social movements central to the pursuit of complex curatorial engagement.
    dissident investigates human-centric, intersectional, and decolonial frameworks, bridging autonomous authorship or anecdotal, self-reflective writing with activism, political agitation, and obscure cultural practice. Documenting creative participatory re-shaping, redirection, resistance, refusal, and care, dissident invites guest writers to share research at various stages of progress- an exercise in disrupting evaluation and presentation and a gesture towards critical experimentation, innovation, and generative idea sharing.


Colonial Euphemisms & (inter) Cultural Parlances

Title: Colonial Euphemisms & (inter) Cultural Parlances
Series Title: dissident; art activism murmurings
Artist: Krystal Paraboo
Writer: Krystal Paraboo
Series Editor: Nya Lewis
Design: Nya Lewis
Proofreader: Jas Lally
Publisher: Artspeak
Printed by: Jukebox Print
Year Published: 2023
Cover: soft
Binding: perfect bound
Dimensions: 12.5 x 17.8 cm
Edition of 150
ISBN: 978-1-927630-22-8
Cost: $20

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