Ravi Agarwal

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Forest Morning
Dead wood - I Digital Print On Epson Archival Paper 30 X 21 Inch © Gallery Espace
The Shroud Digital Print On Epson Archival Paper 60 X 36 Inch © Gallery Espace
A Street View, 1993-1995 © Ravi Agarwal
Down and Out: Labouring under Global Capitalism, 1997-2000 © Ravi Agarwal
Alien Waters , 2004-2006 © Ravi Agarwal
An Ecology of Desire , 2007 © Ravi Agarwal
Have you seen the flowers on the river? , 2007 © Ravi Agarwal
Have you seen the flowers on the river? , 2007 © Ravi Agarwal
Debris , 2007 © Ravi Agarwal
Home Series , 2007- 8 © Ravi Agarwal
Metal Man , 2008 © Ravi Agarwal
Imagined Landscapes , 2008 © Ravi Agarwal
Scene of Crime series, 2009 © Ravi Agarwal
Quick Facts
Lives in
New Delhi
Works in
New Delhi

Ravi Agarwal is an artist, environmental activist, writer and curator. He has pursued an art practice integrally with his other pursuits. He is the founder of the well known Indian NGO Toxics Link and has been internationally awarded for his work. His earlier work, in the documentary oeuvre, encompasses ‘nature’, ‘work,’ ‘labour,’ and the ‘street,’ while more recent work has been traversing questions of the self and ecological sustainability based on explorations of ‘personal ecologies.’ He now works with photography, video and installation.

He has been invited by the City of Hamburg and the Goethe Institute to co-curate a twin city public art project to be held simultaneously in Hamburg and Delhi, in October/ November 2011.


Solo Shows

2010-11 Flux: dystopia, utopia, heterotopia. Gallery Espace, New Delhi

2008 An Other Place, Gallery Espace, New Delhi,

2006: Alien Waters, India International Centre, New Delhi,

2000: Down and Out, Labouring Under Global Capitalism, New Delhi ,India Habitat Centre,Ahmedabad, Gujarat India, The Hutheesingh Visual Arts Gallery, Amsterdam - National Vakbondsmuseum

1995: A Street View, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi

Selected Curated, Group, Residency Exhibitions

2010 CWG, Sports and the City, curated Rupika Chawala, LKA, New Delhi

2010 Where Three Dreams Cross, curated Sunil Gupta et al, Whitechapel Gallery, London, and Winterthur Fotomuseum, Switzerland

2009 Detour, curated Ranjit Hoskote, Gallery Chemould, New Delhi

2009 Astonishment of Being, curated Deeksha Nath, Birla Academy for Arts and Culture, Kolkotta

2009 The Purple Wall, curated Gayatri Sinha, India Art Summit, 2009 2009 Recycle, curated Bhavna Vij, Travencore House, New Delhi, Nature Morte, Kolkota

2008/ 11 Indian Highway, curated Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gunnar Kvaran, traveling exhibition, Serpentine Gallery, London (2008), Astrep Fernley Museum, Oslo, Norway (2009), Denmark (2010), Lyon-France (2011)

2008 Extinct, curated Pooja Sood, 48deg C, Public Eco-Art International festival, New Delhi

2008 Still/Moving Image, curated Deeksha Nath, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi

2008 Click! Contemporary Photography in India, curated Sunil Gupta and Radhika Singh, Vadhera Gallery, New Delhi

2007 Horn Please, The Narrative in Contemporary Indian Art ,curated Bernhard Fibicher, Suman Gopinath, Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland. 2007: Public Places, Private Spaces, curated Gayatri Sinha, Zetta Emmons, Newark Museum, Newark and Minneapolis (2008) USA.

2006; Watching Me Watching India ­ curated by Gayatri Sinha and Celina Lunsford, Frankfurt Fotographie International, Frankfurt, Germany

2003: Crossing Generations: DiVERGE: Forty years of Gallery Chemould, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, curated by Geeta Kapoor and Chaitanya

2002: Documenta 11, curated Okwui, Enzwor, Kassel, Germany

1996: 2nd Biennial of Creative Photography, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi

1995: First National Exhibition of Photography, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi

1993 Bombay Natural History Society photo exhibition, Bombay, India.

Books and Catalogues

Chemicals, Environment, Health: A Global Management Perspective (forthcoming, 2011) co authored, Taylor and Francis

Flux: Dystopia, Utopia, Heterotopia, Gallery Espace, 2011

In the Shadow of the Vulture, 48 deg C, Public Eco Art, Goethe Institute, New Delhi, 2009

Immersion. Emergence, Youthreach, New Delhi, 2007

Down and Out: Labouring under Global Capitalism New Delhi: Oxford University Press and Amsterdam, University Press, 2000

Making a Difference, A collection of essays, ed. Rukmani Shekhar, Spic Mackay, New Delhi, 1998

Portfolios in The India Magazine, 1995 and 1997

Portfolio in The First City Magazine, 2003

Monthly Photo Column in First City Magazine, since Feb 2005

Selected Publications:

1. Fight for a Forest, Nature without Borders, Seminar 613, ed. Mahesh Ranagarajan and M.D.Madhusudan, September 2010

2. Hi Tech Heaps, Forsaken Lives (co-authored), Challenging the Chip, Labour Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry, ed Ted Smith et al, Temple University Press, USA, 2007

3. Standardised, packaged, ready for consumption, Sarai Reader 05, Bare Acts, Sarai – CSDS, Delhi, 2005

4. Beyond environmental standards, from techno centric to people centric environmental governance. Troubles Times, Sustainable Development and Governance in the Age of Extrems.” SDPI, Islamabad, 2006

5. Resisting technology, regaining and a personal ecology, Sarai Reader, 03, Shaping Technologies, 2003

6. Corporate Social responsibility, a critical perspective from India, Cometische humanisering? Ed Tonja van den Ende et al, Humanistic University Press, Amsterdam, 2005

7. Walk on the Wild Side, (co-authored) Green Book, ed Ruskin Bond, Roli Books, 2003


Arts Residency, Basel, Pro Helvetia, 2009

Khoj Peers Arts Residency, 2007

IFCS- UN Special Recognition Award for Chemical Safety, 2008

Ashoka Fellowship, social entrepreneurship, 1997

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