A well-known environmental activist, Ravi Agarwal, effectively bridges the gap between art and activism. Within his artistic practice he has been exploring the idea of nature epistemologically interrogating the manner in which it is constructed. He highlights the complex relationship that exists between Labour, Capital, Production, and Caste and its association with Ecology at large. Acknowledging that reality itself comprises multiple perceptions, Ravi utilizes the possibilities offered by the digital to metamorphose his images into alternative worlds. At times, the artist’s own body becomes a site depicting the condition of the labouring body through which he highlights the hierarchies prevalent in a rigidly defined power structures.
His works have been shown widely including at 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennale, 2013 Sharjah Biennale; Documenta XI in 2002 et cetera.
Ravi Agarwal’s works have also been exhibited at Gallery Espace; India International Centre, New Delhi; Kiran Nadar Museum Of Art, Noida; National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai; Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Adelaide, Australia; Orto Botanico Museum, Rome; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland; Newark Museum, Newark and Minneapolis and others.
In 2011, he co-curated a twin city public art show, Yamuna-Elbe Public Art Outreach in Delhi and Hamburg.
Ravi Agarwal has numerous publications to his credit, including Chemicals, Environment, Health: A Global Management Perspective, 2011; In the Shadow of the Vulture, 2009 and Immersion. Emergence, 2007. He has also contributed to Making a Difference, a collection of essays, ed. Rukmini Shekhar, 1998.
He is also a the Founder of Toxics Link, an enviornmental organisation.
The artist lives and works in New Delhi.