Talks: Lectures, Presentations, Interviews, Conversations on Video

The Nature of Practice – Ravi Agarwal in conversation with Jesal Thacker

As part of Collab’s ongoing discourse pertaining the ecological dichotomy, curator Jesal Thacker invites Ravi Agarwal for an online presentation and conversation focusing on one of his extended and continuous project, ‘Else all will be Still’. The artist will take us through his artistic and ecological enquiry that began several years ago, as a nexus of encounters between the sea, the fisherman and the relationship between man and nature – can they co-exist ?

“Today, the planet is in an ecological crisis. It is framed as a conflict between economic development and the planet’s limit to support a growing and resource intensive human population. It is the age of the power of man, the Anthropocene, where human actions will determine the future of the earth. Nature has been reduced to an object which can only be ‘acted’ upon through it being ‘extracted,’ ‘admired,’ ‘enjoyed,’ etc. but not ‘lived’ with. The relationship is one of power.”

Satyamev Jayate Season 2 | Episode 3 

Satyamev Jayate S1 | Episode 12 | Water | Full Episode

“After air, the next most vital thing for our survival is water. While at the moment we have enough water for our needs, a time is likely to come when our water supply runs out and we have to buy water at a price similar to fuel. The solution, which some people have implemented, is to save and store rainwater.”

Ravi talks to Aamir Khan on Satyamev Jayate Season 1 Episode 12 special on “Water.” Ravi’s conversation with Aamir starts at 35:44.

Indian Highway – artist interviews part II

Ravi Agarwal, Riyas Komu, Vivek Vilasini, Sumedh Rajendran and Sudarshan Shetty interviwed in the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art during the exhibition Indian Highway (02.04-06.09.2009).
Interview: Hanne Beate Ueland
Camera: Lars E. Skageberg
Editing: Lars E. Skageberg/Hanne Beate Ueland
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern art – 2009

Edinburgh Printmakers Nàdar/Prakriti Ravi Agarwal Scotland India environment ‘rewilding’

This exhibtion by Indian artist Ravi Agarwal explores the issues behind environmental enrichment and degredation and the similarities and differences between approaches to preservation and enhancement in both Scotland and India. More recently, there has been a movement in Scotland to rewild barren land and address further deforestation caused by wild deer there. Agarwal documents his work in India, both as an artist and an activist proposing and supporting environmental protection. He spent time at Edinburgh Printmakers, learning techniques and practices from skilled operators there. It is a marvellous exchange and worth seeing the exhibition and understanding the wider issues at stake. Nàdar/Prakiti until October 20 2018 Edinburgh Printmakers

The Sewage Pond’s Memoir

The Sewage Pond’s Memoir
We seem to know nature as something outside us, as a deep experience. The separation makes us know nature as an ‘other’, a duality. But we all also know nature through our myths and memories. Post enlightenment nature has been understood as a set of scientific laws and theories, as an absolute. But as Bruno Latour says, we as social beings co-create ideas of nature. Sadly though today we increasingly know nature as a ‘resource’ to be exploited and plundered. The film is a reflection of all these, as a personal myth about water turning to sewage in a forest I helped protect.

Regarding India Interview


Regarding India is series of video interviews with contemporary artists living and working in India. Initiated through a Fulbright Fellowship in 2011, the videos were created to contribute to Myers’s University of Connecticut course on Indian art. Reflective of a dynamic and diverse contemporary art scene during a decade of unprecedented and often volatile change, the interviews engage with aspects of Indian history, society, culture and current events through the creative work, experiences, and insights of artists. The series is ongoing and will eventually include over sixty interviews.

Regarding India has been produced, directed and edited by Kathryn Myers.

Support has come from the Fulbright-Nehru Foundation, The Connecticut Office of the Art, and the University of Connecticut. The edited videos and original footage are housed at the American Institute of India Studies Art and Archeology Center in Gurgaon, India.


Yamuna.Elbe Opening Lecture

YAMUNA.ELBE – Session I – Introduction – Ravi Agarwal (Artist and Environmentalist)