b. 1958, India

Ravi Agarwal Biography

Ravi Agarwal is a photographer artist, writer, curator and environmental activist. He explores issues of urban space, ecology, capital in an interrelated ways working with photographs, video, performance, on-site installations and public art. Agarwal has participated in several international shows including Documenta XI (Kassel 2002), Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013); ‘Zones of Contact propositions for the Museum’, co-curated by Vidya Sivadas, Akansha Rastogi, Deeksha Nath, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida, 2013; ‘The Needle on the Gauge: The Testimonial Image in the works of Seven Indian Artists’,curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Adelaide, Australia, 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, 2012; ‘ZNE!, Examples to Follow’, curated by Adrienne Goehler, traveling exhibition, Berlin, Mumbai, Adis Ababba, Beijing; ‘Horn Please,’ Kunstmuseum, Bern, 2007; ‘Indian Highway’ (2009); ‘Generation in Transition,’ National Gallery of Art, Warsaw & Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania; ‘The Eye is a Lonely Hunter, Images of Humankind,’ at Fotofestival Mannheim_ludwigshafen_Heidelberg; ‘After the Crash’ at Museo Orto Botanico, Rome; his recent solo show being ‘Of Value and Labour’, The Guild, Mumbai; ‘Flux: dystopia, utopia, heterotopia,’ Gallery Espace, New Delhi. Agarwal recently co-curated a twin city public art project, Yamuna-Elbe.Public.Art.Outreach. He writes extensively on ecological issues, and is also founder of the leading Indian environmental NGO, Toxics Link. He is an engineer by training.

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