PARTICIPANT / Ravi Agarwal

  • Name Ravi Agarwal
  • Country India
  • Vocation Artist
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Ravi Agarwal has an inter-disciplinary practice as an artist, photographer, environmental campaigner, writer and curator. His  work explores key contemporary questions of ecology, society, urban space and capital. Photography has been a prime medium for him for over four decades, which has expanded over time to include video, public art, installations, and recently also printmaking. His key projects have long engagements for several years, and are often accompanied by published diaries and writings. His work has been  shown  widely including at the Yinchuan Biennial (2018), Kochi Biennial (2016),  the  Sharjah Biennial (2013), Documenta XI (2002) amongst others.  He co-curated the Yamuna-Elbe project, Indo German twin city public art and ecology project (2011), and Embrace our Rivers an Indo- European project in Chennai (2018), and has been appointed photography curator for the Serendipity Arts Festival  (Goa, India, 2018). His work is in several private and public collections, and he has served on several art juries and committees.

His practice has been written about extensively in publications such as Fotografie –Eine Analyse der Arbeiten von Ravi Agarwal (inKulturelle Übersetzer, Cathrine Bublatzky, Germany 2018), Art Ecology Now, (Andrew Brown, Thames and Hudson, UK, 2014), Cities and Photography, (Jane Thorny, Routledge, 2013) and Third Text,(Dec 2014, ed. T.J Demos).  The book Down and Out, laboring under globalization (OUP 2000), photographed by him, is part of visual anthropology curriculums.

Ravi is also the founder director of the environmental NGO Toxics Link and has pioneered work in waste and chemicals in India. He serves on many policy and regulatory committees and Boards and writes extensively on sustainability issues both academically, as well as in the popular media and has co-edited several books. He was awarded the UN Special Recognition Award for Chemical Safety in 2008 and the Ashoka Fellowship for social entrepreneurship in 1997. He formal training has been in engineering and management.

Detailed Bio:

Ravi Agarwal has an inter-disciplinary practice as an artist, environmental researcher and campaigner, writer and curator. His  work, explores key contemporary questions around ecology, society, urban space and capital. He works with photographs, video, installations, and public art and has been shown widely in events, like the  the Kochi Biennial (2016),  Sharjah Biennial (2013) and Documenta XI (2002). He co-curated the Yamuna-Elbe, Indo German twin city  public art and ecology twin city project in 2011 and an international public art and ecology event in Chennai 2018. He is the photography curator for the upcoming Serendipity Arts Festival.

Ravi is also the founder of the  Indian environmental NGO Toxics Link which has pioneered work in waste and chemicals  in India, and campaigns on conserving rivers and the forest in Delhi. He serves on several high level policy committees, and writes extensively on sustainability issues in journals and books. He was  awarded the UN Special Recognition Award for Chemical Safety in 2008 and the Ashoka Fellowship for social entrepreneurship in 1997. He is an engineer by training