Joy Garnett in Alexandria, Egypt, July 1981
Joy Garnett is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer who works with archives as both subject and medium. Her projects, which incorporate painting, online repositories, and social media performance, explore the crossroads of our digital and material worlds. TheBeeKingdom.com is Garnett's online hub-in-progress, a platform for sharing her research and for showcasing her recent artworks that engage the materials left behind by her maternal grandfather, Egyptian poet and scientist A.Z. Abushady.
Garnett earned her BA at McGill University with concentrations in English, French, and Middle East Studies, including Classical Arabic and a summer of intensive colloquial Arabic at the CASA Program (the Center for Arabic Study Abroad) at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Afterwards, she studied painting at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and received her MFA from The City College of New York. Her work has been shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (UK), Boston University Art Gallery, MoMA PS1, CUNY Graduate Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and is included in the permanent collections of the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC), Philip Morris, and The West Collection (Oaks, PA). Garnett has received grants from Anonymous Was a Woman (USA), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Wellcome Trust (UK), and The Chipstone Foundation (Milwaukee). Her writings have appeared in several anthologies, in Harper's, and the Journal of Visual Culture. Her articles about The Bee Kingdom have apeared in Ibraaz, the leading critical forum on visual culture in North Africa and the Middle East, and in Bee World, the bee science journal founded and edited in Benson, Oxfordshire by Abushady in 1919, now published by IBRA in Cardiff, Wales. She has been the Arts Editor for Cultural Politics, a refereed journal published by Duke University Press, since 2005. Garnett lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
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