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Shani Khoo Parsons (Canada/US, b.1970, Philadelphia) is an independent curator, designer, and founding director of Critical Distance Centre for Curators. With degrees in architecture (Temple University, Philadelphia, 1994) and graphic design (RISD, Providence, 2000) she has pursued a multidisciplinary, research-based practice within independent and institutional contexts including the American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Chinese in America, and the Museum of Modern Art (all NY). In the process she has produced an eclectic body of work ranging from intimate artist’s books to immersive exhibitions, bringing to each project her skills, experiences, and interests as researcher, writer, designer, artist, administrator, curator, and critic. 

After moving to Toronto from New York, she became interested in creating a hybrid model for curating and exhibition-making, one that provides institutional support for independent curators at all stages in their professional development and advances best practices for curatorial production and publishing, as well as much-needed opportunities for community building, professional development, and critical discourse. Now in its sixth year, Critical Distance has established itself as a not-for-profit space and initiative devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial practice and inquiry in Toronto and beyond. With a focus on critically engaged, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary practices, underrepresented artists and art forms, and community outreach and education in art and exhibition-making, Critical Distance is an open platform for diverse curatorial practices and perspectives, and a vibrant forum for the exchange of ideas on curating and exhibition-making as ways to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life.

work with me: shani@anotherbeautifulday.ca

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