The Bee Kingdom is a multimedia project by artist and writer Joy Amina Garnett. Drawing on materials left behind by her late grandfather, the Egyptian Romantic poet Ahmed Zaky Abushady (1892-1955), she explores lost family histories across a variety of media.
Garnett’s art and writings have appeared in an eclectic array of publications that include: Rusted Radishes, Full Blede, Ibraaz, Art21 Magazine, Virilio and Visual Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), and The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook (powerHouse Books 2016). She has exhibited at the Whitney Museum, MoMA–PS1, FLAG Art Foundation, Artists Space, Smack Mellon, White Columns (NY); the Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland (OR), Boston University Art Gallery, National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC), and the Witte Zaal (Ghent, Belgium). Her work is in the permanent collections of the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC), Altria, and The West Collection (Oaks, PA). Garnett has received grants from Anonymous Was a Woman, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Wellcome Trust, and the Chipstone Foundation. She is the art editor at Evergreen Review and from 2005 until 2016 she served as arts editor for the Duke journal Cultural Politics. She was awarded a 2019-20 SHIFT Residency at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY. Garnett lives in the High Desert of Nevada where she’s writing a family memoir.
For information about this project’s beginnings visit: www.thebeekingdom.com