Joana Konova

Biography

A native of Bulgaria, Joana studied modern European languages and literature and earned a Master’s degree in German literature from the University of Cologne. In the course of her graduate studies at Cologne, she became interested in exploring text-image relations and the genre of ekphrasis, an interest that eventually lead her to pursue her PhD in art history at the University of Chicago. Here, she became fascinated with the materiality of objects, the possibilities and boundaries of artistic expression determined by material and technique, and the changing lives of art objects as determined by changing fashions of reuse, preservation, and display. Joana specializes in Renaissance and Roman art and is completing a dissertation on the reuse of ancient sculpture in 16th-century Rome.