Joy Garnett is an interdisciplinary artist who works with archives as both subject and medium. Her projects, which incorporate painting, online repositories, and social media performance, explore the crossroads of our digital and material worlds.  Joy received her BA from McGill University with concentrations in English literature, French, Middle East Studies and literary Arabic, with a summer of intensive colloquial Arabic at the CASA Program (the Center for Arabic Study Abroad) at the American University in Cairo. She studied painting at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and received her MFA from The City College of New York. Her paintings have been shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (UK), Boston University Art Gallery, MoMA PS1, CUNY Graduate Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and is included in the permanent collections of the National Academy of Sciences, Altria, and The West Collection. She has received grants from Anonymous Was a Woman, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Wellcome Trust, and The Chipstone Foundation.  Her writings have appeared in several anthologies on art and media culture, as well as in Harper’s, Journal of Visual Culture, and Ibraaz, the leading critical forum on visual culture in North Africa and the Middle East. From 2005 to 2016, she was the Arts Editor for Cultural Politics, a refereed journal published by Duke University Press.

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