“Edham the Atheist” was produced for The Wayland Rudd Collection, a collaborative project and traveling exhibition organized by New York artist Yevgeniy Fiks that focused on the representation of Africans and African-Americans in Soviet visual culture. A point of departure was Fiks’s collection of over 200 Soviet images (paintings, movie stills, posters, graphics, etc.) of Africans and African-Americans that spans the 1920s to the 1980s. The exhibition premiered at Winkleman Gallery, NY, January-February 2014, and traveled to First Floor Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe in June 2014.
Artists in the Exhibition: Ivan Brazhkin, Michael Paul Britto, Suzanne Broughel, Maria Buyondo, Zachary Fabri, Joy Garnett, Alexey Katalkin, Kara Lynch, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Nikolay Oleynikov and Arkadiy Kots Band, Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya (Gluklya), Jenny Polak, Dread Scott, Haim Sokol. Installation shots at Winkleman Gallery by Etienne Frossard.
THE NEW YORK TIMES, Art in Review, Friday February 6, 2014
The Wayland Rudd Collection’ at Winkleman Gallery, by Holland Cotter: Joy Garnett documents the short, elusive, embattled life of Ismail Ahmed Edham (1911-1940), an Egyptian writer (and distant relative of the artist) [sic] who claimed to have been educated in Russia.
Title: “Piss & Vinegar (art and ferment)” Date: 2014
Media: Two framed limited edition prints; home-brewed bottled red wine vinegar with label adaptation of Abushady’s letterhead; recipe box of 4×6 inch photographs that document Abushady’s apiary (ca.1920s) and Garnett’s vinegar-making process (ca.2013); 10×8″ framed photograph of Zaky and Annie Abushady at The Apis Club ca. 1920. Dimensions variable.
“Piss & Vinegar (art and ferment)” reflects the pioneering spirit of Garnett’s grandparents, Egyptian poet and beekeeper Ahmed Zaky Abushady and his English wife Annie. The installation produced for FOODshed consisted of bottles of home-fermented red wine vinegar labeled with an adaptation of Abushady’s bee logo, and photos of the family’s apiaries in England and Egypt juxtaposed with documentation of Garnett’s vinegar-making process.
FOODshed: Art and Agriculture in Action
June 7–July 27, 2014, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Amy Lipton.
An exhibition of upstate/downstate NY artists who work with food and agriculture
Traveled to CR10 Arts, Linlithgow, NY. August 8 – September 5, 2015.
Artists in the Exhibition: Joan Bankemper/Black Meadow Barn; Joy Garnett; Habitat For Artists Collective (Simon Draper, Michael Asbill, Carmen Acuna, Dan McGinley, Brandon Cruz, Jessica Poser, Lisa Breznak and Sean Corcoran); Natalie Jeremijenko; Kristyna and Marek Milde; Peter Nadin/Old Field Farm; Leila Nadir + Cary Peppermint (EcoArtTech); Andrea Reynosa, Brooklyn Grange and Alloy; Bonnie Ora Sherk; Jenna Spevack; Susan Leibovitz Steinman/Mona Talbott; Tattfoo Tan; Elaine Tin Nyo; Linda Weintraub. Installation shot at Smack Mellon by Etienne Frossard.
Artists Probe Urban Agriculture
Allison Meier, July 1, 2014
IMBY (in my backyard)
Art and about: Thought for food
by John Isaacs, 10 August 2015