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A Document of Lock-Ravi-Agarwal

Ravi Agarwal

Ravi Agarwal

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 also brings forth the complex linkages that exist within questions on Labour, Capital, Production, and Caste and their linkages to the Ecology at large. Acknowledging that reality itself composes of multiple perceptions, Ravi utilizes the possibilities offered by the digital to metamorphose his images into alternate worlds. At times, the artist’s own body becomes a site depicting the condition of the labouring body by which he highlights the hierarchies prevalent in the rigidly defined power structures.

His works have been shown widely including at Kochi Muziris Biennale [2016], Sharjah Biennale [2013]; Documenta XI [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. Rukmani Shekhar, 1998.

He is also a the Founder of Toxic Link, an enviornmental organisation.

The artist lives and works in New Delhi.

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