Brief Bio:

Ravi Agarwal has an inter-disciplinary practice as a photographer/ artist, environmental campaigner, writer and curator. Bridging the divide between art and activism he addresses the entangled questions of nature and its futures using photography, video, text and installation. His work ranges from the long documentary to the conceptual and performative. He has regularly published photobooks and diaries (Ambient Seas, 2016, Extinct? – 2009, Have you seen the flowers on the river- 2007, Immersion. Emergence – 2006). The book Down and Out, – OUP 2002, was a first major photographic work on migrant labour in India. His latest book Multispecies Speculations and Growing Lexicon, is part of his multispecies art project Samtal Jameen, Samtal Jameer supported by the Prince Claus Foundation.

His work has been shown widely at major museums and at the Biennials of Havana (2019), Yinchuan (2018), Kochi (2016), Sharjah (2013), Indian Highway (2009), Documenta XI  (2002) etc. besides solos and group exhibitions. He has curated large Indo- European public art projects (Yamuna-Elbe– twin city project -2011, and Embrace our Rivers, – 2018), and was photography curator for the Serendipity Arts Festival 2018 and 2019. He recently curated New Natures, A terrible beauty is born at the Goethe Institute and CSMVS Museum, Mumbai, and the exhibition Imagined Documents  at the Les Recontres d’ Arles 2022, and is Curator Advisor for Carbon at the Science Gallery, Bengaluru forthcoming in August 2023.

Ravi has served on several important art and photography juries. His work is in several private and public collections. He has authored and edited several books (Nature Contested (forthcoming) co-edited by Mahesh Rangarajan, Ravi Agarwal and Rinki Sarkar; The Crisis of Climate Change, Routledge, 2021; Embrace Our Rivers – Kerber, 2017), journals  (Marg- Art and Ecology issue – April 2020, IIC journal Spring 2020), and he writes and publishes regularly on art and sustainability (Alien Waters in The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change, 2021).

Alongside, Agarwal is the founder director of the environmental NGO Toxics Link and founder of The Shyama Foundation set up to support art and ecology practices in India. He is the recipient of the UN-IFCS Award for Chemical Safety, as well as the Ashoka Fellowship. His formal education is in Engineering and Business Management.


2021-22    Samtal Jameer/Samtal Jameen. Online art project supported by Prince Klaus Foundation (

2019    Ecologies of Loss, Curated Marco Stoconi, PAV Centre, Turin, March 8-July 8

2019    The Desert of the Anthropocene, India Art Fair – Solo Project Booth, Feb 1-3

2018    Nadir/Prakriti, Edinburgh Printmakers Galleries, Edinburgh Art Festival 2018 (July 2018)

2018    Can you hear the Sea Speak, Public Art Installation, Auroville 50th Anniversary. (Feb 2018)

2017    The Familiar is Always a Stanger, Francois Daireaux , IFI and Gallery Espace, Dec 2017 (Bonjour India, 2 Person show)   

2016     Else, all will be still, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

2015        Else, all will be still, The Guild, Alibaug, Mumbai

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 Hutheesingh Visual Arts Gallery, Ahmedabad, India; National  Vakbondsmuseum, Amsterdam                 

1995     A Street View, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi


2022    Unstill Waters. Freer Gallery, Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC. Curated Carol Huc. December 2022- March 2023

2022    Critical Zones, ZKM Berlin and Goethe Institute, Mumbai, Sri Lanka, Pune, Kolkata, Bangalore, Delhi. October 2022 travelling. Curated Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel.

2022    Disobedience Archive, Project curated by Marco Scotini. Istanbul Biennial, 2022 curated by Ute Meta Bauer, Amar Kanwar, and David Teh

2022    Con los pies en la Tierra, The Atlantic Center for Modern Art-CAAM

Spain, Curated Zoran Eric and Bianca de la Torra

2021     Overview Effect, Museum of Contemporary Art  in Belgrade. Curated Zoran Eric and Bianca de la Torra

2019    <Human>Rupture<  XIII Havana Biennial, April 2019, Cuba

2018    Room of Sands and Room of the Seas, in Ecologies on the Edge, Starting from the Desert, Yinchuan Biennial, curated Curated Marco Scotini. Museum of Contemporary Art, Yinchuan, China. 9th June to 19 September, 2018

2017         Anti-Memoirs, Curated Ranjit Hoskote, Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, India December 2017

2017         50:50 curated Johny M.L. Birla Academy of the Arts, Kolkota, December 2017

2017         Unfiltered, William Benton Museum of Art
 .USA, November 2017

2016        Sangam Dialogues, Video and Audio Installation, Kochi Biennial, Curated by Sudahrshan Shetty, Kochi, India (2016)

2016    After the Flood, Bodgaya Biennial, curated Rahul Dev, Vinay Kumar, Patna, Bihar, India

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 Institute, New York, 2014

2014       SAHMAT 25 years, Curated by Vivan Sundaram, LKA, 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 eleven 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

2012     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

2011-2017     ZNE! | examples to follow! curated by Adrienne Goehler, Traveling exhibition,   2011-2017,  Mumbai, Adis Ababa, Beijing, Sao Paulo, Berlin

2011       Generation in Transition. New Art from India curated by Magda Kardasz, Zacheta National Gallery for Art, Warsaw, Poland and Contemporary  Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithunia

 2011    The Eye is a Lonely Hunter: Images of Humankind

 Fotofestival Mannheim_Ludwigshafen_Heidelberg, curated by Katerina Gregos and Solvej Helweg Ovesen

2011     After the Crash, curated Camilla Boehimo, Orto Botanico Museum, Rome

2010      Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan  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 2009

2008/ 12  Indian Highway, curated Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gunnar Kvaran, traveling exhibition, Serpentine Gallery, London (2008); Astrup Fearnley Museum, 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 of48deg C, Public Eco-Art International festival, New Delhi, curated Pooja Sood,

2008        Still Moving Image, curated 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 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 Kapoor and Chaitanya Sambrani

2002        Documenta XI, curated Okwui Enwezor,  Kassel, Germany

1996        2nd Biennial of Creative Photography, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi



2022    Naya Anjor, Anant Art Gallery, Bikaner House, December 2022. Curated Arushi Vats

2022    Who will speak: Me? You Or Nobody?‘ Apparoa Gallery, Chennai, November 2022. Curated Subhani Sharma

2022    Past Present Continuous, 25 year of Guild, Bikaner House, Guild Art Gallery, New Delhi. October 2022

2022     Back to the Roots,  Curated: Gianni Jezter and Martina Humber, AIA Gallery, Zurich,

2022    India Art Fair, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

2021    Poetry of Lived Spaces, Curated Georgina Maddox, Museo Camera Museum, Delhi

2020    Still Alive, curated Arshya Lokhandwal, IIC, New Delhi

2020    India Art Fair, The Guild and Gallery Espace, New Delhi

2020    Erasure, Curated Gayatri Sinha, Birla Museum, Kolkota, India

2020    Games of Chance, Curated Leandre D’Souza, Suranprantha Goa, India

2019        No place like the Present | Curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Akara Art Gallery, Mumbai

2018    Futures Present, Gallery White, Vadodara Visual Arts Center, curated Sathyanand Mohan  (forthcoming October 2018)

2018    New Mythologies Series, India Art Fair, Guild Art Gallery, New Delhi

2017    On Slippery Grounds, Curated Gigi Scaria, ET4U Contemporary Visual Arts Projects, Denmark

2017      ontainers, “Free River Zone” at the Kunstverein Heidelberg, Heidelberg, March 2017

2017     Shape, – Art for Social Action, Curated Probir Gupta, Gallery Romain Rolland, Alliance française de Delhi, 72,Lodi Estate, ND

2017     The Star is Mine, Gallery 1×1 Dubai, Curated Sumeshwar Sharma, Dubai, December

2017      Waterscapes RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Dec 2017

2017      Utsah curated Jagganath Panda, Delhi, October 2017

2017       Waste – curated Nana Petzel, Hamburg, October 2017

2017       On Slippery Grounds, Gigi Scaria curated, Denmark, July 2017

2017       Changing Places: Mariam Zulfiqar, Various Locations, UK, August 2017,

2017       Contributed to Western Ghats Eco Walk, Jog Falls to Shivamogga (156km), 5th, 10thJune 2017curated by Arunkumar HG,

2017       Performance, Landscape as Evidence : Artist as Witness , Curated Zulekha Chaudhry, New Delhi, 7th April, 2017

2016      Imagined Futures, Reconstructed Pasts, curated Meera Menezazes, Bikaner House, New Delhi, December 2016

2016      Else All will be still, Installation with Photographs, found objects, text and video, PondyPhoto, 2016

2016    A Culinary Lineage, Installation with photographs and found objects. The Guild Art Gallery, India Art Fair, New Delhi, 2016

2014      Urban Utopia, curated Lyla Rao, Birla Museum of Art and Culture, Kolkota,

2014       Zameen, curated Ranjit Hoskote, Art District XIII, New Delhi, October 2014

2012       The Secret life of plants, curated by Maya Kovskaya, Exhibit 320, New Delhi.

2012       Art HK, presented by The Guild Gallery, Mumbai

2012       Chennai Art Fair, presented by The Guild Gallery, Mumbai

2012        India Art Summit, presented by Gallery Espace, New Delhi

2011        Staging Selves – Power, Performativity & Portraiture, curated Maya Kovskaya, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

2011        Gandhi Tolstoy Farm, curated Gayatri Sinha, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi

2011         India Art Summit, presented by Gallery Espace, New Delhi

2010        CWG, Sports and the City, curated Rupika Chawla, LKA, New Delhi

2009         Detour, curated Ranjit Hoskote, Gallery Chemould, New Delhi

2009       The Purple Wall, curated Gayatri Sinha, India Art Summit, 2009

2009        Recycle, curated Bhavna Vij, Travencore House, New Delhi, Nature Morte, Kolkota

2008        Click! Contemporary Photography in India, curated Sunil Gupta and Radhika Singh, Vadehra Gallery, New Delhi

1995        First National Exhibition of Photography, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi

1993         Bombay Natural History Society photo exhibition, Bombay, India.


2023       (forthcoming) Carbon – Science Gallery Bengaluru, August 2023 (Guest Curator)

2022        Imagined Documents, New Photography from the Sub Continent, Les Recontres d’Arles, France, July 2022

2022        New Natures, A terrible beauty is born. Goethe Institute, various venues Mumbai. January 2022

2022      State of Nature- Dialogues. Co-curated with Ranjit Hoskote. Hybrid 3 day event 27-30 Feb, 2022. Goethe Institute, Mumbai

2019       Imagined Documents, New Photography from the Sub Continent, Serendipity Arts Festival, 2019 Goa, India

2018      Intimate Documents, New Photography from the Sub Continent, Serendipity Arts Festival, 2018 Goa, India

2018     Embrace The Rivers – DAMned Art, Exhibiiton of unfulfilled Public art project, Goethe Institute, Chennai, India 2016/2017

2017      Solo show by Virgina Zanetti, Italian Cultural Centre, New Delhi,

2016       1st Chennai Photo Biennial, Chennai, India – co curated with Munem Wasif

2016     Pondyphoto,  Pondicherry, India, co-curated. 2016    Panel

2011      Project Y. Yamuna-Elbe Public.Art.Outreach, Hamburg and Delhi, Oct/Nov, co-curated with Till Krause (

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

Selected Talks/ Seminars 2016 -2020   

  1. Soil Assembly- Kochi Muzaris Biennial, Srishti Manipal Insitutute of Art, Design and Technology, Benaluru, India. February 2023.
  2. Unstill Waters- Panel discussion, Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC Dec 2022
  3. The Sea of Changing Sands, Talk, Swiss Institute, New York City, Dec 2022
  4. Echoes of the Land, Ojas Gallery, New Delhi – Panelist and Moderator
  5. Locating Critical Zones- Event at Goethe Institute Mumbai -Nov, 16, 2022. Curator and Speaker
  6. Learning from the Earth, Institute of Land and Environmental Art, Tena Switzerland, Oct2022
  7. Anthropocene Curriculum, HKW, Berlin October 2022
  8. Waking up to the fierce Emergency, Apparao Gallery, Chennai – Speaker
  9. Indigenous and More the Human Ecological Justice Workshop, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, September 2022, Faculty
  10. Art + Environment: Rethinking Ecology Through Visual Culture, Asia Society ( Panellist
  11. The Shifting of Ecosystems, AIA Gallery, Lowenbrau, Zurich, June 2022, Panellist
  12. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam IV on the 7th and 8th of May at the Kolkata Centre for Creativity – Swetal Patel and Reena Dewan, Speaker
  13. State of Nature Dialogues, Goethe Institute Mumbai- cocurated with Ranjit Hoskote February 2022 (
  14. Nature in the Anthropocene, An examination through Art and Activism. Ashoka University, India, March 2022, Talk
  15. The Shape of a Practice, Oct 26-31, 2020, HKW Berlin, Online presentation and participation.
  16. Panel Discussion – ThyssenBornemiszaArt Contemporary Privatstiftung, 2020
  17. Art in the moment of Crisis. Webinar with Probir Gupta- Meera Menezes, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2020.
  18. Nature, Art and Our Collective Future, Webinar with Sheba Chachhi. – Leander D’Souza, Suranpranta Art Centre, Goa, 2020
  19. Beyond the Anthropocene, Panel Discussion with Heather Davis – Rizio Yohannan, MARG, 2020, Mumbai
  20. Panel Talk, Webinar with Jesal Thakar for Kala Chaupal, 2020
  21. The Nature of Practice Webinar with Jesal Thakar, Sakshi Gallery 2020
  22. Panel Talk, Words in the Garden, IIC, New Delhi
  23. Panel Talk, Jindal Univeristy, Haryana – Launch of BFA Program
  24. Talk, Submerge Exhibition, Science Gallery, Bangalore.
  25. Keynote Speech, Creativity in Sustainability: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, curated Swetal Patel, Kolkata Center for Creativity, Kolkota, January 2020
  26. Talk – Sri Aurobindo Center for the Arts – New Delhi, January 2020
  27. Talk – Photography and Education Seminar, Vasanth Murthy Foundation and Aperture – January 2020
  28. Talk – Multispecies Seminar, University of Sydney, August 2019
  29. Talk – Restart Radio Podcast, July 2019
  30. Talk and Symposium – Mississippi Anthropocene, New Orleans November 2019
  31. Discussant and curator – 5 talks on ecology – GoetheMumbai April to Dec 2019
  32. Talk, Sweden – Contemporary Image on new ecological terrains – October 2019
  33. Panel Discussion: Conservation in New Economy, Book realease – October 2019
  34. Seminar Talk – CSH, Tradional Water Systems New Delhi, October, 2019
  35. Talk – CISA- Khoj, New Delhi, July 2019
  36. Artist’s Talk, University of Turin, Italy, May 2019
  37. Artist Talk, NABA Academy, Milan, May 2019
  38. Marginal Inhabitations: Talk at Goethe Institute Mumbai, April 2019 India
  39. Artist’s Talk at Assembila Mother Tree, curated by Curated by Ernesto Neto, Daniela Zyman and Damian Christinger, Bayaler Foundation and Ernesto Neto, Zurich July 2018
  40. Artist’s talk, Beyond the Present, Second Edition, SACAC, New Delhi, April 2018
  41. Talk at UChicago Center, New Delhi, Mach 2018
  42. Waste and Pollution, Center for Policy Research, New Delhi, March 2018
  43. Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals , TERI , New Delhi April 2018
  44. Talk, City of Waste, Bonjour India, New Delhi, February 2018
  45. Is the sea I see , the sea he sees, presentation, Auroville Bridge, Auroville Foundation, February 2018
  46. Art of Political Communication,’ Panellist, Asian Conference for Political Communication by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Media Programme Asia Singapore, September 2017
  47. ‘Talk, Prakriti – The Environment Society of Lady Shri Ram College for Women, 7th September, 2017
  48. Panellist, Substances of concern (SVHCs) in products – whose job is it to control these in a free trade world? HelsinkiChemicals Forum, July 2017
  49. Interconnected ecologies: Delhi’s river and the ridge forest , Future of Nature II, Nature’s future: Mountain, floodplain and metropolis, National Centre for Biodiversity Conservation (NCBS), Bangalore, May 2017
  50. Convener Sustainability Workshop, Regional Meeting – Chennai Goethe institute, May, 2017
  51. Artist’s talk, Art of Environmental Justice in an Expanded Field: A Symposium on Creative Activism and Eco-Politics across Boundaries,” Princeton University, USA, Thursday, April 13, 2017, convened by Prof. Alan C. Braddock, Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities
  52. Artist’s talk, University of Connecticut, USA, 11the April 2017
  53. Moderated – Presentation, by Sujith S N, Closing Event of Sujith’s solo, exhibition Archipelagoat Vadehra Art Gallery , Monday | April 3, 2017 | 6 pm at Vadehra Art Gallery, D 53, Defence Colony , New Delhi 110024
  54. Chemicals of Concern, Panel Discussion, World Circular Economy Forum, WCEF_Helsinki_Finland _June 5-7, 2017
  55. Fluid Landscapes: Rivers as contested ecologies in India” and Illustrated Talk by Ravi Agarwal, De Paul University, convened by Randall Honold, PhD, Assistant Dean for Academic Services, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Chicago, USA, 24 April, 2017
  56. Hi-Tech Heaps, Forsaken Lives: Policies and Politics of E-Waste Management, University of Connecticut, USA, 11the April 2017
  57. Panel discussion on Yamuna – art and activism, Words in the Garden, IIC, Raza Foundation and IIC – Feb 24, 2017,
  58. Panel discussion – E-Waste, NASSCOMFoundation CSR Leadership Conference  Eros Hotel, Nehru Place. Feb 23, 2017,
  59. Interrelated ecologies: Delhi’s river and the ridge forest An illustrated talk ,J indal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, Haryana, India Feb 20, 2017
  60. Keynote Address, Environmental Consciousness in Current Indian Art – explorations in art, architecture, heritage and community – Key Note Speaker, engagement.  Dakshinachitra Museum, Muttakadu, Tamil Nadu, January 6 & 7, 2017
  61. Art, Activism, Ecology and everything in-between. Talk at Kochi Muzaris Biennial, December 16th, 2017
  62. TBA 2, The Current Convening , Speaker and Participant:, curated by Ute Beta Bauer (Prof), NCA Singapore Art University, Kochi, Kerala, India. December 11-17th, 2017
  63. Below the aesthetic radar – Counterimaging Ecology, Illustrated Talk, Pondy Photo, October 2016
  64. Urban Contestations, A River in a City, Speaker:, Chennai Water Forum, Goethe Institute, Chennai, October 2016
  65. Conversation with Jeebesh Bagchi (Raqs Media Collective):Art, Activism, Toxics Link and beyond in series Institutional Practices, India Lila Foundation, India Habitat Center, 19th November, 2-17
  66. The Staged and Constructed Image: Discussant – Talk by Ruth Rosengarten | 8 November
  67. Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi Oct, 2016
  68. Urban Ecologies, The Delhi Ridge Forest, Talk at Ashoka University, Harayana, India, August 2016
  69. Conversation on art and social change, Moderator and Speaker, ILF:, India Habitat Center, New Delhi, August 2016
  70. Anthropocene Curriculum, 2016 Campus, Haus der. Kulturen der Welt. and the Max Planck. Institute for the History. of Science, Berlin, April 2016
  71. Public space as platform of international cultural exchange. Panel speaker, Akdemie der Künste, Berlin April 2016
  72. Public Art, the artist and their practice, Panel speaker, Goethe Institute and Foundation of Indian Contemporary Art – Max Mueller Bhavan, 3 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 
  73. 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 


  1. Nature Contested (forthcoming) coedited – Mahesh Rangarajan, Ravi Agarwal and Rinki Sarkar, January 2023
  2. Multispecies Speculations and Growing Lexicon, ed. Prince Klaus Foundation, Goethe Institute and Toxics Link, New Delhi. October 2022
  3. The Crisis of Climate Change, ed. Routledge, UK, September, 2021
  4. Weather Report , Guest Editor, IIC Quarterly Journal, New Delhi, May, 2020
  5. Art and Ecology In India, Guest editor for MARG Journal , Mumbai, New Delhi, June 2019 issue
  6. Nature’s Urgency. Marginalities, Resistances, Futures. Monograph, Civil Disobedience Series, Green Lantern Press, Chicago, 2018.
  7. Embrace Our Rivers, Public Art and Ecology in India, co edited Ravi Agarwal, Florian Metzner, Kerber, 2018
  8. Nature’s Present, Mahesh Rangarajan, Rinki Sarkar, Ravi Agarwal, Co-edited volume –Seminar 690, February 2017
  9. Ambient Seas, Artist’s Diary, 2016,The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
  10. Yamuna Manifesto  Ravi Agarwal and Till Krause, 2013, Toxics Link and Goethe Institute, Delhi
  11. Chemicals, Environment, Health: A Global Management Perspective co-authored, Taylor and Francis, 2011
  12. Flux: Dystopia, Utopia, Heterotopia, Gallery Espace, 2011
  13. In the Shadow of the Vulture, 48 deg C, Public Eco Art, Goethe Institute, New Delhi, 2009
  14. Have you seen the flowers on the river ?, Khoj, New Delhi
  15. Emergence, Youth reach, New Delhi, 2007
  1. Down and Out: Labouring under Global Capitalism , co-edited, Jan Breman et al, Oxford University Press and Amsterdam, University Press, 2000
  2. Making a Difference, A collection of essays, ed. Rukmani Shekhar, Spic Mackay, New Delhi, 1998
  3. Portfolios in The India Magazine, 1995 and 1997
  4. Portfolio in The First City Magazine, 2003
  5. Monthly Photo Column in First City Magazine, since Feb 2005

Selected Published Writings

  1. Landfills- Non-Places of the Anthropocene. in Climate, Habitat, Environments – Ute Meta Bauer (ed), NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore, and The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England, 2022
  2. Alien Waters: edited by T. J. Demos, Emily Eliza Scott and Subhankar Banerjee: Routledge Companion to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture and Climate Change (February 2021)
  3. A Conversation with Ravi Agarwal in Upgrade Available. Julia Christensen, Dancing Foxes Press, Brooklyn, New York. 2020
  4. Nature from the Margins, Gegenwarten I Presences catalog, Germany, 2020
  5. Natural No More? Delhi’s Yamuna River ed Gunnel Cederlöf and Mahesh Rangarajan, in At Nature’s Edge, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2018
  6. Three Traces of Nature and Self , TAKE Ecology, Vol 3, Issue 1, January 2017
  7. Interview with Samar Jodha, Photographer, Arts Illustrated Magazine, October 2016
  8. Fluid Landscapes, in Nature and History, ed. Gunnel Cederof  and Mahesh Rangarajan, Vol 673 Seminar, September 2015, New Delhi
  9. Water Manufactory, Melina Nicolaides
  10. Fight for a Forest, Nature without Borders, ed. Mahesh Ranagarajan and M.D.Madhusudan, Orient Blackswan, September 2014, New Delhi
  11. Re-Imaging the River, Seminar Volume 657, May 2014, New Delhi
  12. Contemporary Flows, Fluid Times, Art Fair Magazine, February 2011
  13. 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
  14. Standardised, packaged, ready for consumption, Sarai Reader 05, Bare Acts, Sarai – CSDS, Delhi, 2005
  15. Beyond environmental standards, from techno centric to people centric environmental governance. Troubles Times, Sustainable Development and Governance in the Age of Extremes.” SDPI, Islamabad, 2006
  16. Resisting technology, regaining and a personal ecology, Sarai Reader, 03, Shaping Technologies, 2003
  17. Corporate Social responsibility, a critical perspective from India, Cometische humanisering? Ed Tonja van den Ende et al, Humanistic University Press, Amsterdam, 2005
  18. Walk on the Wild Side, (co-authored) Green Book,  ed Ruskin Bond, Roli Books, 2003

Selected Writing About Work:

  1. Art Journal: Russell Stephens – Extinct?—An Art Intervention by Ravi Agarwal in
  2. Delhi: Art Journal, 77:2, 28-51, DOI: 10.1080/00043249.2018.1495531
  3. Fotografie – ein transkultureller Verhandlungsraum:Eine Analyse der Arbeiten von Ravi Agarwal (Delhi), (Pp 115-131) Cathrine Bublatzky.  in Inhalt Zu diesem Sammelband, Christiane D.tsch (ed) Hiedelburg.
  4. Interview with Gayatri Sinha, Critical Collective, New Delhi, Februry 2018
  5. Featured in L Inde dans l objectif, Arte TV,
  1. Decolonizing Nature, Contemporary Art and Politics of Ecology, T.J.Demos, Sternberg Press (2016). 
  2. Maya Koskoya Take on Art Magazine
  3. Art Ecology Now, Andrew Brown, Thames and Hudson, UK, 2014,  
  4. Cities and Photography, Jane Thorny, (Routledge) 2013,
  5. 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
  6. Stories from the Theater of Aura and Decay, interview with Maya Koskovoya, Art Journal 42
  7. The Khoj Book Interview with Jeebesh Bagchi, November 2008
  8. Flash Art, March April, 2011, Rajashree Biswal
  9. Art India, Volume XV, 2010-11, Roles People Play, Meera Menezes
  10. Art India, Volume XV, 2010-11, The Nature of the Beast, Janice Pariat
  11. Art India, Volume XIV, 2009-10, Images with Conscience, Meera Menezes

Public Collections:

  • Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC, USA
  • The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada
  • The William Bentley Museum of Art, Connecticut, USA

Other Events

  1. Research Residency, Pro Helvetia, Switzerland – May-June 2022
  2. State of Nature –Conference organised in collaboration with Goethe Institute Mumbai, India (August 2018)Ongoing
  3. Invited Residency Edinburgh Printmakers, Scotland, July-August, 2017
  4. FICA Public Art Grant Jury, January 2017
  5. Jury Member of 2016 Umrao Singh Sher-Gil Grant for Photography along with Florian Ebner (Chair of Jury and Head of the Photographic Collection at the Museum Folkwang, Essen), and Vivan Sundaram (Trustee and artist).
  6. Disappearances as work in progress– Approaches to Environmental Romanticism, Panel Discussion at Khoj New Delhi for the Maldives Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2013.
  7. Yamuna – Elbe, Art and ecology seminar, December 2010, Goethe Institute, New Delhi (
  8. Invited to: Arts Residency, Basel, Pro Helvetia, 2009, Khoj Peers Arts Residency, 2007, 2014


  1. IFCS- UN Special Recognition Award for Chemical Safety, 2008,
  2. Ashoka Fellowship, for social entrepreneurship, 1997


  1. Mentor – Prince Claus Mentorship Award Cultural & Artistic Responses to Environmental Change, Prince Klaus Foundation, 2022
  2. Advisory Board Member, Sundaram Shergill Arts Foundation
  3. Graduation Project Jury, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, 2020
  4. Member Serendipity Arles Photography Jury, 2020
  5. Member Peers Jury, Khoj International Artist’s Workshop, 2019
  6. Member, Arts Advisory Committee 2017-2018 – Kochi Muzaris Biennial,
  7. Member Board, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, Govt. of NCT of Delhi
  8. Member Board, Tactical Technology Collective, Berlin
  9. Treasurer and Member Executive Committee, IPEN (International POPs Elimination Network), HQ Berkley, USA
  10. Member, Semester End Jury, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India Photography Design, 8 – 9 May
  11. Member, Degree Project Jury, Photography Design, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, October 2017,
  12. Member, FICAPublic Art Grant 2017 Jury, New Delhi, November 2017
  13. Member (former) Ridge Management Board, 2002-2013, Govt of NCT of Delhi
  14. Founder Director, Toxics Link and The Just Environment Charitable Trust
  15. Founder Trustee, The Shyama Foundation for Art and Ecology



Ravi Agarwal