writing, research



The Story of the Abushady Archive,” MELA Notes, Middle East Librarians Association, Chicago, IL [PDF archive]


“The Lost Narratives of A.Z. Abushady, Poet and Bee Master,” by Joy Garnett. In: Cultural Entanglement in the Pre-Independence Arab World: Arts, Thought, and Literature, edited by Anthony Gorman and Sarah Irving. Published by I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury with chapters by Ami Ayalon, Raph Cormack, Alia Mossallam, Elena Chiti, Yasmine Taan, Hussam Raafat, Joy Garnett, Sarah H Awad and Idriss Jebari. (Cover painting by Egyptian Greek artist Giorgis Dimou: ‘Dancing in Cafe’ 1948). The material draws on a workshop held at the Centre for Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), University of Edinburgh.

Pollen and Fragments: The Poetry and Beekeeping of A. Z. Abushâdy,”  March 2020 issue of Cultural Politics, Volume 16, Issue 1. (Cultural Politics, published by Duke University Press, examines the political ramifications of global cultural productions across artistic and academic disciplines.)


Cross-Pollination, Baraza, (November 24, 2014)

Blazing the Trail: A.Z. Abushady and The Apis Club. Bee World, Vol.91, no.3 (September 2014) published by the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) Blazing the Trail pp. 65-67 PDF


Alone in the Archive. Ibraaz Platform 006: What role can the archive play in developing and sustaining a critical and culturally located art history? (November 6, 2013)


Middle East Librarians Association (MELA) October 2020: “The Story of the Abushady Archive” (The Story of the Abushady Archive – MELA 2020 Slides PDF)

Pollen & Fragments was presented at The Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), University of Edinburgh, (December 3-4, 2015) at the workshop: Cultures of Diversity: Arts and Cultural Life in Arab Societies before Independence  (Pollen & Fragments – The Abushady Archive PDF)

The Bee Kingdom: An Accidental Archive, Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting (Nov 22-25, 2014). Panel: The Archive: Collections and Counter-Collections

Memory Loss: Excavating the Abushady Archive at NYU’s Radical Archives Conference (April 11-12, 2014). Panel: No Instructions for Assembly: Case Studies in Radical Archiving


3 Quarks Daily, Feb 4, 2019. By Andrea Scrima. “Facts Become the Enemy: Art and Archives. A Conversation with Joy Garnett on The Bee Kingdom”. What does an artist do with boxes and boxes of archival material? And what if it belongs to her late Egyptian poet beekeeping grandfather? I had the pleasure of interviewing Joy Garnett for my 3QuarksDaily column–and now, you’ll have the pleasure of reading it. But you can also follow her on Facebook to witness the writing and image pairings of a work in progress. Read interview

Arabic Literature (in English), August 26, 2013. By Marcia Lynx Qualey. AZ Abushady: Revolutionary Egyptian Poet, Feminist, Beekeeper, and More. Artist and writer Joy Garnett is working on a book about her grandfather, Ahmed Zaki Abushady, the Egyptian poet and bee scientist. She answered a few questions about AZ Abushady, his work, and her book project. Read interview

The Huffington Post, Jan 30, 2013. Painting As a Radical Gesture, Interview with Joy Garnett by Julia Schwartz;  PDF (excerpt from: Interview with Joy Garnett for Figure/Ground Communication, by Julia Schwartz, December 25, 2012)

Cultural Politics 7:1, Mar 2011. Apocalypse Now: Interview with Joy Garnett, by John Armitage. PDF

Theory Culture & Society, April 2010. To coincide with special issue, Changing Climates, May 2010. Interview: Joy Garnett with Ryan Bishop.


“Towards a New Ecology of Time“, in Virilio and Visual Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), edited by John Armitage and Ryan Bishop. Virilio and Visual Culture: Towards a New Ecology of Time PDF

“Pitiless Art”, in The Virilio Dictionary (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), edited by John Armitage. The Virilio Dictionary: Pitiless Art PDF

“Virilio and Visual Culture: On the American Apocalyptic Sublime”, with John Armitage. In: Virilio Now: Current Perspectives in Virilio Studies (ed. J. Armitage), Polity, Cambridge, UK (2011) Virilio & Visual Culture PDF

Radicalizing Refamiliarization, with John Armitage, in Journal of Visual Culture 8:2 (August 2009) Radicalizing Refamiliarization PDF

Under Fire : The Organization and Representation of Violence (Vols. I & II). Edited by Jordan Crandall. Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art Rotterdam (2004; 2005) Online Discussion

Interaction: Artistic Practice in the Network. Edited by Jordan Crandall and Amy Scholder. Eyebeam/DAP (2001)


Art21 Magazine

Copy That! Column on copyright, fair use,  and free speech in the arts (2013-2016)

Artist Rights and the Many Shapes of Censorship, May/June 2016 Issue: “Illusion”

Beauty Is in the Streets, Mar/Apr 2015 Issue: “Ruin”

The Grift Economy, Apr/May 2014 Issue: “Value”

Lost in Transmission, Feb/Mar 2014 Issue: “Translation”

Free-Fail, Dec/Jan 2013-14 Issue: “Failure”

They Are the World, Inaugural Oct/Nov 2013 Issue: Becoming an Artist. Joy Garnett launches her new column with some thoughts on copying and archival tendencies in the 21st century.

artnet magazine

Into Africa, 1999-2001: Column on the arts of Africa and the Diaspora

by Joy Garnett 6/26/01
Africa comes to New York in the spring.

by Joy Garnett 2/23/01
Glenn Ligon’s text paintings, Carrie Weems’ narratives, African “Beauty and Form.”

by Joy Garnett 12/12/00
Xenobia Bailey, Fatima Tuggar, Adrian Piper, plus “Angolan Treasures from the Museum of Ethnology, Lisbon.”

by Joy Garnett 7/24/00
Surveying the scene in New York, from contemporary to classic.

by Joy Garnett 5/23/00
Love hurts: The embroidered paintings of Ghada Amer.

by Joy Garnett 3/10/00
Conceptual art from South Africa, more.

by Joy Garnett 2/4/00
The National Black Fine Art Show rolls into New York.

by Joy Garnett 1/31/00
Art in New York for Black History Month.

by Joy Garnett 12/30/99
Our new column on the art of Africa and the African diaspora.


selected articles

Cease and Desist: From the Law Offices of M.C Grosfischerplan. The latest dispatch from the copyright wars. Download: C&D for Robert Hovden 2014 PDF

The Case for Appropriation. Drawn from a panel organized and moderated by Joy Garnett, with Rob Storr, Virginia Rutledge and Oliver Wasow. Presented by BFA Visual & Critical Studies, School of Visual Arts (Feb 16, 2012)

Cariou v. Prince: The Copyright Bungle, artnet magazine. Will courts, judges and photographers ever understand the difference between a mass-produced photograph and a unique art object? (March 31, 2011)

On the Rights of Molotov Man: Appropriation and the art of context. Harper’s (Feb 2007) Portfolio_ON_THE_RIGHTS_OF_MOLOTOV_MAN PDF

Follow The Image. Cultural Politics 1:1 (Mar 2005) Follow_the_Image 2005 PDF

In their own words. NYFA Current (Apr 2005)

Steal This Look. Intelligent Agent (Spring/Summer 2004)

Compendium: JOYWAR – last updated April 2009


Artist and Writer Joy Garnett’s Essential New York Restaurants, Edible Brooklyn, September 26, 2016

“Deep Cuts, Episode 1: 100 Years to Recognition: Saloua Raouda Choucair,” Meural (May 17, 2016) The Meural Sketchbook | Deep Cuts, Episode 1 – Joy Garnett: 100 Years to Recognition PDF

10 ideas and influences: Joy Garnett,” Two Coats of Paint (April 7, 2016) Joy Garnett-10 Ideas and Influences_April 2016 PDF

Art & Labor, NEWSgrist. Download: Art & Labor, Feb 2015, PDF

Analogue Natives, in the 25th Anniversary Issue of M/E/A/N/I/N/G, edited by   Mira Schor and Susan Bee (2012)

Good-Bye to All That: Artnet, 1996-2012. Art Dubai Blog (June 2012)

“Myself: A Conversation about Self-Portraiture“, with Mira Schor. Myself exhibition catalog essay, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno (2011)

light itself. Visual AIDS Web Gallery (January 2010)

“Vertov’s Accident (Or, ‘The Paint Still’)“, in VERTOV FROM V TO A, edited by Peggy Ahwesh and Keith Sanborn (2008)

Romancing the Sky, by Joy Garnett. artnet magazine, August 24, 1999. “Cosmos : From Romanticism to the Avant-garde, 1801-2001,” June 17-Oct. 17, 1999, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.