Introducing Marg’s first dedicated issue to art and ecology, the Associate Editor places the current magazine in the context of the severe climate crisis affecting earth and its human and more-than-human inhabitants. She provides the framework within which the essays in this volume will unpack and critically assess the term “Anthropocene” and provide counter-narratives from the Global South that challenge the assumptions and domination of the Global North. These include perspectives on gender, class, caste, labour, ritual and mythology. The larger aim is to look at aesthetic objects beyond the limited circuits of the commercial art world and get them to engage with environmental justice and social justice movements.

Ravi Agarwal