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

The Bee Kingdom is a project by New York artist and writer Joy Garnett. It draws on her recent research and life-long search for her late grandfather, the 20th century Egyptian Romantic poet Ahmed Zaky Abushady (1892-1955). Through creative writing, painting, photography, printmaking, and social media projects, The Bee Kingdom asks how past, present, and future narratives can co-exist through ‘the archive’ in its various forms.

Joy Garnett’s artworks and writings have appeared, sometimes side-by-side, in an eclectic array of publications, including Evergreen Review, Ibraaz, Ping Pong, Edible Brooklyn, C Magazine, and The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook. From 2005 until 2016 she served as Arts Editor for the peer-reviewed journal Cultural Politics published by Duke University Press. She is has been working on a family memoir of Egypt.

Garnett’s paintings have been exhibited at the FLAG Art Foundation, MoMA–PS1, Whitney Museum ISP (New York), the Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland, Boston University Art Gallery, and the Witte Zaal (Ghent, Belgium). She has been awarded grants from Anonymous Was a Woman, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Wellcome Trust, and the Chipstone Foundation. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC), Altria, and The West Collection (Oaks, PA). She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, the artist Bill Jones.

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