digital rendering of Mexican cotton, blackhaw berry, and sugar cane leaf on a pink background

Pario (meaning, to birth) examines the enslaved body as a battleground, focusing on the everyday exercises in agency and resistance taken by Black American women. The work is a 3D modeled bouquet that gathers together three plants charged by dual histories of enslavement and self-determination: Mexican cotton, blackhaw berry, and sugar cane leaf. Responding to her own lived experiences, body knowledge, and ancestral inheritances, Carter works to confound and complicate specific sites of pain and difficulty, looking closely at the historic uses of each of these plants. Installed as a window vinyl for the CAFKA biennial, Pario also invites viewers to (virtually) touch and tinker with the bouquet through an online platform, offering up more detailed information about each plant’s use:

Originally from the US, Lindsey Carter is a designer, writer, and maker based in Ontario. Her work is inspired by the limitless ways we tell stories to each other and ourselves. Carter works with silkscreen and digital print and experiments with 3D modeling, web development, and installation. She received a Bachelor's in Linguistics and Biology from Duke University, and a BFA in Design Art and Print Media from Concordia University.

Carter is also responsible for this year's biennial identity, developed in collaboration with Finnegan Shannon. See more of her work online at


This project is made possible through the support of the Good Foundation, Region of Waterloo Arts Fund and the Keith and Winifred Shantz fund for the arts held by Waterloo Region Community Foundation.