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Disappearance as work in progress – Approaches to ecological romanticism

Ravi Agarwal and Khoj International Artist Workshop present an artist’s collaborative event 
DISAPPEARANCE AS WORK IN PROGRESS – APPROACHES TO ECOLOGICAL ROMANTICISM.

The event is a contribution to the Maldives Pavillion in Venice Bienniale 2013.

Ecology has been presented as an homogeneous term with the image of our fragile planet portrayed as a uniform sphere of action and activity. However the current ecological crises, which encompass forests, biodiversity, climate change, toxicity, land use, GM foods etc, have roots in the histories of colonization, progress and development. Local knowledges, cultures, and relationships have often been submerged in dominant ideas which have shaped community relationships and geographies.

Eco aesthetics, as a response to this, has linkages in social political landscapes, anthropogenic and animistic concerns, and even challenges the category of ‘nature’ itself.

Engaging with ideas through critical artistic practices can help recover multiple ecologies, and possibly rethink ideas of ‘progress’ and even reshape them.

An evening of discussion with

Navjot Altaf
Amar Kanwar
Ravi Agarwal
Prof. Vikram Soni
Ravi Sundaram (moderator)
Along with Camilla Boemio ( writer – curator ) from Roma via Skype
In collaboration with Toxic Links.

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