Joy Garnett, the Corniche, Alexandria, Egypt, 1983. Photograph: Hoda Garnett

The Bee Kingdom is a project by New York artist and writer Joy Garnett. Drawing on materials left behind by her late grandfather, Egyptian Romantic poet Ahmed Zaky Abushady (1892-1955), The Bee Kingdom explores alternative histories through creative writing, visual media, and social media, to ask how past, present, and future narratives can co-exist through the archive in its various forms.

Garnett’s artworks and writings have appeared, sometimes side-by-side, in an eclectic array of publications including Full Blede, Ibraaz, Rusted Radishes, Art21 Magazine, Virilio and Visual Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), and The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook (powerHouse Books 2016). Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum, MoMA–PS1, FLAG Art Foundation, Artists Space, Smack Mellon, White Columns (all in 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 paintings are in the permanent collections of the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC), Altria, and The West Collection (Oaks, PA), and she has been awarded grants from Anonymous Was a Woman, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Wellcome Trust, and the Chipstone Foundation. Garnett served as arts editor for the Duke journal Cultural Politics from 2005 until 2016, and is now the art editor at Evergreen Review. She is a 2019-20 SHIFT Resident at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NYC and lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, the artist Bill Jones.

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