Ravi Agarwal has an inter-disciplinary practice as an artist, environmental activist, writer and
curator. His earlier work, in the documentary oeuvre, encompasses ‘nature’, ‘work,’ ‘labour,’ and the ‘street.’ His current interest is located in exploring key contemporary questions around ecology, society, urban space and capital, including  their historic and cultural resonances. He works with photographs, video, installations, and public art. He is an engineer by training and also the founder director of the environmental NGO Toxics Link.










2016          Else, all will be still, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2015          Else, all will be still, The Guild, Alibaug
2011          Of Value and Labour, The Guild, Mumbai
2010-11     Flux: dystopia, utopia, heterotopias, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2008          An Other Place,
 Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2006          Alien Waters, India International Centre, New Delhi
2000          Down and OutLabouring under Global Capitalism, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The Hutheesing Visual Art Centre,
                  Ahmedabad, India; Nationaal Vakbondsmuseum, Amsterdam  
1995          A Street View, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi


2016          Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Curated by Sudarshan Shetty, Kochi, India (2016)
2015          Looking In/Looking Out: Contemporary Indian Photography from the Gaur Collection, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, USA, September 2015
2015          The Eye and the Mind: New Interventions in Contemporary Art, curated by Rajeev Lochan,  Director, National Gallery of Modern Art, 
                  at Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou and Shanghai, 2014, China                            
2014-15     End of the World Biennial (Bienal del Fin del Mundo), curated by Massimo Scaringella, Argentina and Chile
2014          Free River Zone, Goethe-Institut, New York, 2014
2014          SAHMAT 25 years, Curated by Vivan Sundaram, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2014
2013          Convergence: Contemporary Art from India and the Diaspora, curated by Kathryn Myers, The William Benton Museum of Art,
                  University of Connecticut, USA
2013          Water – curated by Gayatri Sinha, Europalia, Belgium
2013          Re: emerge: Towards a New Cultural Cartography, the eleventh edition of Sharjah Biennial, curated by Yuko Hasegawa.
2013          Zones of Contact: Propositions on the Museum. co-curated by  Vidya Shivadas, Akansha Rastogi, Deeksha Nath, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida
Eye of the Needle, curated by Amy G. Moorefield, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Taubman Museum of Art.
2012          Newtopia, curated by Katerina Gregos, various museum venues, Mechelen, Belgium
2012          Critical Mass, Contemporary Art from India, curated by Rotem Ruff, Tel Aviv Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel
ZNE! | examples to follow! curated by Adrienne Goehler, Traveling exhibition, 2011-2017, Mumbai, Addis Ababa, Beijing, Sao Paulo, Berlin
2011           Generation in Transition: New Art from India curated by Magda Kardasz, Zacheta National Gallery  of Art, Warsaw, Poland and
                   Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithunia
 2011          The Eye is a Lonely Hunter: Images of Humankind
                   4. Fotofestival Mannheim_Ludwigshafen_Heidelberg, curated by Katerina Gregos and Solvej Helweg Ovesen
2011           After the Crash, curated by Camilla Boehimo, Orto Botanico Museum, Rome
2010           Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh,
curated by Sunil Gupta,
                   Whitechapel Gallery, London and Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich.
2009           Astonishment of Being, curated by Deeksha Nath, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
2008/ 12     Indian Highway, curated by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gunnar Kvaran, traveling exhibition, Serpentine Gallery,
                   London (2008); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo,  Norway (2009); HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art,
                   Denmark (2010); Musée d’ Art Contemporain, Lyon-France (2011); MAXXI, Rome, Italy (2011), Bejing (2012) 
2008           Extinct part of 48o C, Public Eco-Art International festival, New Delhi, curated by Pooja Sood,
2008           Still Moving Image, curated by Deeksha Nath, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi
2007           Frieze Art Fair, Khoj Artists Workshop Stall, London
2007           Horn PleaseThe Narrative in Contemporary Indian Art, curated by Bernhard Fibicher and Suman Gopinath, Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland.
2007           Public Places, Private Spaces Contemporary Photography and Video Art curated by Gayatri Sinha, Paul Sternberger, The Newark Museum,
                   Newark and Minneapolis Institute of Art (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 Kapur
                   and Chaitanya Sambrani
2002           Documenta XI, curated by Okwui Enwezor, Kassel, Germany
1996           2nd Biennial of Creative Photography
, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi 


2014           Urban Utopia, curated by Lyla Rao, Birla Museum of Art and Culture, Kolkota,
2014           Zameen, curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Art District XIII, New Delhi.
2012           The Secret Life of Plants, curated by Maya Kovskaya, Exhibit 320, New Delhi.
2012           Art HK, presented by The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2012           Chennai Art Fair, presented by The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2012           India Art Summit, presented by Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2011           Staging Selves - Power, Performativity & Portraiture, curated by Maya Kovskaya, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2011           Gandhi Tolstoy Farm: Archive of Utopia
, curated by Gayatri Sinha, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
2011           India Art Summit, presented by Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2010           CWG, Sports and the City, curated by Rupika Chawla, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2009           Detour, curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Gallery Chemould Prescott Road, and at New Delhi
2009           The Purple Wall, curated by Gayatri Sinha, India Art Summit, 2009
2009           Recycle, curated by Bhavna Vij, Travencore House, New Delhi, Nature Morte, Kolkota
2008           Click! Contemporary Photography in India, curated by Sunil Gupta and Radhika Singh, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
1995           First National Exhibition of Photography, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
1993           Bombay Natural History Society photo exhibition, Bombay, India.


2011           ÜBER LEBENSKUNST – Megacities Berlin, St. Petersburg, New Delhi, São Paulo and Nairobi via inter 17. bis 21.
                   August 2011 im Haus der Kulturen der Welt-, Curator of Delhi Section
2011           Project Y. Yamuna-Elbe Public. Art. Outreach, Hamburg and Delhi, Oct/Nov co-curated with Till Krause (
2016           Chennai Photo Biennial, Chennai, India (co curated with Munem Wasif)
2016           Pondyphoto, Pondicherry, India, co-curated. 2016    
2017           (forthcoming) Solo show by Virgina Zanetti, Italian Cultural Centre, New Delhi,
2017:          (fortcoming) Embrace The Rivers – Public art project, Goethe Institute, Chennai, India


Anthropocene Curriculum
, 2016 Campus, Haus der. Kulturen der Welt. and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, April 2016
Public space as platform of international cultural exchange. Panel speaker, Akademie der Künste, Berlin April 2016
Public Art, the artist and their practice, Panel speaker, Goethe Institut – Max Mueller Bhavan, 3 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 
Art and cinema industries in India: Norms, workers and territories, workshop speaker, Indian French Institute (IFI), Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, May 2016 


Ambient Seas, Artist’s Diary, 2015,
Yamuna Manifesto ed. Ravi Agarwal and Till Krause, 2013, Toxics Link and Goethe Intitute, Delhi
Chemicals, Environment, Health: A Global Management Perspective co authored, Taylor and Francis, 2011
Flux: Dystopia, Utopia, Heterotopia, Gallery Espace, 2011
In the Shadow of the Vulture, 48o C, Public Eco Art, Goethe Institute, New Delhi, 2009
Have you seen the flowers on the river?, Khoj, New Delhi
Immersion. Emergence, Youthreach, New Delhi, 2007
Down and Out: Labouring under Global Capitalism, co-edited, Jan Breman et al, 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 


Fluid Landscapes, in Nature and History, ed. Gunnel Cederof and Mahesh Rangarajan, Vol 673 Seminar, September 2015, New Delhi
Fight for a Forest
, Nature without Borders, ed. Mahesh Ranagarajan and M. D. Madhusudan, Orient Blackswan, September 2014
Contemporary Flows, Fluid Times, Art Fair Magazine, February 2011
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
Standardised, packaged, ready for consumption
, Sarai Reader 05, Bare Acts, Sarai – CSDS, Delhi, 2005
Beyond environmental standards, from techno centric to people centric environmental governance. Troubled Times, Sustainable Development
and Governance in the Age of Extremes
. SDPI, Islamabad, 2006
Resisting technology, Regaining a personal ecology, Sarai Reader, 03, Shaping Technologies, 2003
Corporate Social Responsibility: a critical perspective from India, Cosmetische humanisering?
Ed Tonja van den Ende et al, Humanistic
University Press, Amsterdam, 2005
Walk on the Wild Side, (co-authored) Green Book, ed. Ruskin Bond, Roli Books, 2003


Art Ecology Now, Andrew Brown, Thames and Hudson, UK, 2014,  
Cities and Photography
, Jane Thorny, (Routledge) 2013,
The Art and Politics of Ecology in India, A Roundtable with Sanjay Kak and Ravi Agarwal, T. J. Demos in Third Text Vol 27, Issue 1, January 2013
Decolonizing Nature, Contemporary Art and Politics of Ecology, T. J. Demos, Sternberg Press (2016). 
Stories from the Theater of Aura and Decay, interview with Maya Kovskaya, Art Journal 42
The Khoj Book Interview with Jeebesh Bagchi, November 2008
Flash Art, March April, 2011, Rajashree Biswal
Art India, Volume XV, 2010-11, Roles People Play, Meera Menezes
Art India, Volume XV, 2010-11, The Nature of the Beast, Janice Pariat
Art India, Volume XIV, 2009-10, Images with Conscience, Meera Menezes


The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada
The William Bentley Museum of Art, Connecticut, USA


Conceived and organized (select):

Disappearances as work in progress – Approaches to Environmental Romanticism, Panel Discussion at Khoj New Delhi for the Maldives Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2013.
Yamuna – Elbe, Art and ecology seminar, December 2010, Goethe Institute, New Delhi (www.yamuna-elbe.org)
Invited to: Arts Residency, Basel, Pro Helvetia, 2009, Khoj Peers Arts Residency, 2007, 2014
Awarded: IFCS- UN Special Recognition Award for Chemical Safety, 2008,
Ashoka Fellowship, for social entrepreneurship, 1997


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