“And, If you’ll look to your right,”

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Virtual exhibition, If I Can’t Dance To It, It’s Not My Revolution features artwork, artist talks, and more by Josh FranklinMeadow KroegerSpencer LegebokoffKatherine Victoria MacKay, and Bethany Pardoe.

Selected by jurors Marilyn Lee and Ian Johnston, the group exhibition brings together talented young artists working in a variety of mediums—from virtual reality to painting to ceramics to mixed media. The virtual exhibition format has been developed as a response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, while also creating space to celebrate young artists and highlighting the need for cultural engagement during social distancing.

If I Can’t Dance To It, It’s Not My Revolution also includes new, commissioned literary works by emerging poets and authors, Nelson AikenSpencer LegebokoffSuki Simington, and Hailey Viers.


The Miscellaneous Exhibitions Room
Nelson Aiken & Suki Simington

A short story written collaboratively that chronicles a suspended encounter in a museum with an unlikely character who just wants a little bit of your time.

Katherine Victoria MacKay
Artist Talk (Video)

Learn more about ceramicist Katherine Victoria MacKay by watching her Artist Talk where she shares her process and studio space in this eighteen minute video.

Bethany Pardoe
Sketchbook (Video)

Learn more about painter Bethany Pardoe by flipping through her sketchbook in this video where she shares her brainstorming and visual references in this intimate video.

Josh Franklin
48-Hour (Walk-In Structure), 2019
Virtual Walkthrough
Experience artist Josh Franklin’s virtual artwork where visitors are invited to walkthrough a painting installation where he spent 48 hours painting inside the structure.


Website made by Cristian Hernandez, co-founder (with Juli Majer) of DDOOGG, an alt-comics press whose publications emphasize experimentation and abstraction. Cristian will begin his MA in Science and Technology Studies at UBC this Fall.

The group exhibition’s title is in part derived from a similar phrase by feminist anarchist and writer, Emma Goldman (1869-1940), and further appropriated by Toronto-based band, DOOMSQUAD on their album, Let Yourself Be Seen (2019). If I Can’t Dance To It, It’s Not My Revolution invokes the hope and horror of the contemporary moment. For significant social change to be effective it needs to engage the creative cortex, one that includes both the mind and the heart.

The exhibition also features Reading List + Resources in support of the anti-racist movements taking place across North America.

Visit the exhibition by following this link.


Z’otz* Collective
Virtual residency (Toronto, ON)
22 – 28 August 2020

Z’otz* Collective, Nahúm Flores (Honduras), Erik Jerezano (Mexico), and Ilyana Martínez (Mexico|Canada), take up a remote residency in their Toronto studio while transmitting updates and studio visits through our online platforms.

The residency has been augmented due to the pandemic to ensure the safety of the artists and community, while also offering a glimpse into the collective’s studio.


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