Ravi Agarwal (In)

Ravi Agarwal has an interdisciplinary practice as an artist, environmental campaigner, writer, and curator. He has shown widely, including at the Biennials of Habana (2019), Yinchuan (2018), Kochi (2016), Documenta XI (2002), Sharjah Biennial (2013) etc., and curated several large shows (New Natures, A terrible beauty is born – Goethe Institute and CSMVS Museum, Mumbai, Imagined Documents – Les Recontres d’ Arles 2022). He has authored and edited books and journals (The Crisis of Climate Change, Routledge, 2021; Embrace Our Rivers – Kerber, 2017, Marg- Art and Ecology issue – April 2020). Ravi is also the founder and Director of the environmental NGO Toxics Link and recipient of the UN Award for Chemical Safety and Ashoka Fellowship.


Ecologies in Transition
The talk will present some of my long-term engagements as an artist and environmentalist, with human and more-than-human communities which live in and with fragile landscapes and are becoming increasingly marginalized. These include traditional fishers living off the Bay of Bengal on the Tamilnadu coast, marigold farmers on the urban river floodplains in Delhi, and the nearly extinct South Asian vulture. These explorations attempt to delve into complex relationships of nature-cultures, and their new confrontations with inter-meshed global-local imaginaries and materialities.

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