Curriculum Vitae

2023. M.A. History of Art, Curatorial Practice Diploma, York University.
2020. H.B.A. with High Distinction. History of Art, African Studies, Curatorial Studies. University of Toronto.

Academic Experience
2022 - Present. Curatorial Assistant, Recontres de Bamako: The 13th African Biennale of Photography.
2022 - Present. Research Associate, Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and Its Diasporas.
2021 - Present. Research Associate, Sensorium Centre for Digital Arts and Technology.
2021 - Present. President, Art History Graduate Students Association at York.

Work Experience
2021 - Present. Curriculum Editor, Ringle.
2018 - 2020. Organizer, UNITE HERE! Local #75.
2018 - 2020. Volunteer, Democrats Abroad Progressive Caucus.
2017. Intern, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.
2015 - 2020. Hospitality experience.

Selected Publications and Presentations
”Gallery Confrontations: Tracking ‘Rose’ through Miriam Syowia Kyambi’s Performance” at Southern Methodist University.
”In Defence of Ideological Art” in Atelier.

”Okwui Enwezor: The Art of Curating from Nka Journal of Contemporary Art” in the Journal of Curatorial Studies.

”Art & Tech” moderated interview at Ringle.
”Museum Appreciation” moderated interview at Ringle.
”Four Iconic Paintings” moderate interview at Ringle.

Selected Exhibitions
2022 - “Maa ka Maaya ka ca a yere kono: Recontres de Bamako” 13th African Biennale of Photography. Bamako, Mali.
2018 - “Juan Downey: Radiant Nature” LACE. Los Angeles, USA.
2017 - “El Teatro Campesino” LACE. Los Angeles, USA.
2017 - “Irrational Exhibits 10” LACE. Los Angeles, USA.
"2017 - “home away from” LACE. Los Angeles, USA.

2022 - “You’re Always Coming When I’m Going” Gales Gallery of York University. Toronto, Canada.
2022 - “Overlapping Parts” Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre. Toronto, Canada.
2020 - “Newcomers Project” Equity and Diversity in Arts at the University of Toronto. Toronto, Canada.

Honours and Awards
2022 - York University Graduate Funding Grant ($2,000 CAD)
2021 - York University Merit Funding ($35,000 CAD)
2021 - Krashinsky Prize for Academic Achievement in the Visual and Performing Arts ($400 CAD)
2019 - Equity and Diversity in Art Research Fellowship ($1,200 CAD)
2016 - Qatar Foundation International Arabic Language Fellowship ($6,000 USD)

Joe Konieczny Projects

Joe 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 space.

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.

Please see 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.


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Get in touch:
joe [at] joekonieczny [dot] com

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