Jesse McKee is the Head of Strategy at 221A. He leads the Organization’s advancement, communications, research, and programming.  From 2019-22, he is the lead investigator on 221A’s Blockchains & Cultural Padlocks Research Initiative. From 2020-22, he is a member of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association’s Policy Advisory Council. Previously, he was the Curator of Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre and the Exhibitions Curator, Western Front, Vancouver. In 2017, he was the co-curator of Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, the inaugural edition of a civic triennial exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. As a curatorial resident, he has worked with Things that can happen, Hong Kong and, Romania. McKee served as a juror for the Sobey Art Award, and was a member of the Canada Council for the Art’s Asia Pacific Delegation. He has written essays and reviews for Canadian Art, C Magazine, Fillip, Border Crossings, Kaleidoscope, and Cura. His recent catalogue essay, Surreal Ghosts and Neuroplastic Ancestors correlates Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson’s filmmaking with the neuroplastic effects of Vancouver’s economic enclosure over the past decade; published by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia and Institute for Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. A forthcoming catalogue essay, Counting on People: How it Started… How it’s Going, frames the productions of Neïl Beloufa’s films from the mid-2010s as they foretold a global pandemic all enacted through video calls, alongside the consequences of social media’s unchecked narrative accelerants; published by After 8 Books, Paris.


Last updated: February 2021