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

  • 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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