Facts Become the Enemy: Art and Archives. A Conversation with Joy Garnett on “The Bee Kingdom”
Posted on Feb 4, 2019 1:25AM
by Andrea Scrima
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.
by Joy Garnett
Short excerpt from a work-in-progress.
FULL BLEDE, Issue 7, “Continuant”, January 2019
The Bee Kingdom: a family memoir of Egypt (forthcoming)
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)
Edham the Atheist, Ping Pong literary journal (October 2015)
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
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
Alone in the Archive. This essay was published in response to Ibraaz Platform 006: What role can the archive play in developing and sustaining a critical and culturally located art history? (November 6, 2013)
AZ Abushady: Revolutionary Egyptian Poet, Feminist, Beekeeper, and More. Artist and writer Joy Garnett (@joygarnett) 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. By Marcia Lynx Qualey in Arabic Literature (in English) on (August 26, 2013)
“Piss & Vinegar” in The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook, edited by Natalie Eve Garrett, powerHouse Books (Oct 2016)
Artist and Writer Joy Garnett’s Essential New York Restaurants, By Alicia Kennedy, 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
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.
Art & Copyright Miscellany
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
Analogue Natives, in the 25th Anniversary Issue of M/E/A/N/I/N/G, edited by Mira Schor and Susan Bee (2012)
The Case for Appropriation: A Call to Arms. 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)
Apocalypse Now: Interview with Joy Garnett, by John Armitage. Cultural Politics 7:1 (Mar 2011) Apocalypse_Now_An_Interview_with_Joy_Garnett 2011 PDF
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)
In their own words. NYFA Current (Apr 2005)
Steal This Look. Intelligent Agent (Spring/Summer 2004)
Paul Virilio & Visual Art
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
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
Art & Media
Interview with Joy Garnett: Painting as a Radical Gesture (excerpt). Julia Schwartz, Figure/Ground, (2012) PDF
Interview: Joy Garnett with Ryan Bishop. Theory Culture & Society, April 2010. To coincide with special issue, Changing Climates (May 2010)
Light Itself. Visual AIDS Gallery (January 2010)
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)
Artnet Magazine. Column on the arts of Africa and the Diaspora (Into Africa, 1999-2001)
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.
HOT ‘N COOL
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.
Interview with Joy Garnett for Figure/Ground Communication, by Julia Schwartz (December 25, 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.