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We Should Be Dancing

Josi Smit

June 17 - July 29, 2023

Opening Reception June 17, 5-7PM

The ghosts in the walls whisper, “I can make your dreams come true… come on and dance with me.” Chiffon-draped bodies spin into moth wings. “We’re lost in music… feel so alive, I quit my 9 to 5.” A loved one glimmers across the TV glass. “Leave your cares behind… these are the good times.” Was that you?

We Should Be Dancing is an exhibition of new work by artist Josi Smit. The exhibition explores 1970s disco as a cultural movement that engaged fantasy as a way of escaping widespread social disillusionment, and as a family heritage that Smit has absorbed through stories of her mother’s dancing-queen twenties.

The artist acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

“We’re Lost in Music”: Disco as Fantasy, and the Spectrality of Mediated Memory in Josi Smit’s We Should Be Dancing Exhibition text by Morris Fox (read here)


We Should Be Dancing Radio

Virtual Event

4PM July 14, 2023


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