Konieczny is a Toronto based writer, curator and designer whose practice
focuses on the intersections of contemporary African art and transnational
institutions, with particular attention to the influence of social ideology. His
previous projects have included a historiography of the African Biennial of
Photography (Rencontres de Bamako), a catalogue and exhibition of
Marxist political cartoonist Avrom Yanovsky, commemoration of Okwui Enwezor, and
analysis of character performance in the work of Myriam Syowia Kyambi. Joe is
the co-founder of Umthi Projects, an artist’s representation label working
between Toronto and Cape Town which seeks to promote contemporary Xhosa artists
in private sales and exhibitions. As a curator, Joe works alongside frequent
collaborator under the pseudonym Serious Curators Against Monotony (S.C.A.M.), a
Toronto-based group exploring the invocation of affect within the gallery
He has held
diverse other positions including as a facilitation assistant for Ways of
Attuning, a study group held between Wave~Form~Projects and the Critical
Distance Centre for Curators; curriculum designer for Ringle, a Korean eLearning
startup; and even as an organizer for Unite Here!, a local hospitality union.
Joe holds an H.B.A. in History of Art from the University of Toronto and an
M.A. in Art History and Visual Culture as well as a diploma in Curatorial
Studies from York University.
the links below for Joe’s complete CV, as well as examples of past work. He is
available for hire as an independent exhibition and/or publication designer.