The Bee Kingdom is a multimedia project by New York artist and writer Joy Garnett. Drawing on materials left behind by her late grandfather, the Egyptian Romantic poet Ahmed Zaky Abushady (1892-1955), she explores lost family histories through creative writing (auto-fiction, memoir) and visual works produced across a variety of media.
Garnett’s artworks and writings have appeared, sometimes side-by-side, in an eclectic array of publications, including Rusted Radishes, Full Blede, Ibraaz, Art21 Magazine, Virilio and Visual Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), and The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook (powerHouse Books 2016). Her artwork 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 work is in the permanent collections of the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC), Altria, and The West Collection (Oaks, PA). She has received grants from Anonymous Was a Woman, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Wellcome Trust, and the Chipstone Foundation. Garnett is the art editor at Evergreen Review and served as arts editor for the Duke journal Cultural Politics from 2005 until 2016. Recently, she was awarded a 2019-20 SHIFT Residency by the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the artist Bill Jones.
For information about this project’s beginnings visit: www.thebeekingdom.com