When visiting New Orleans, a context he was previously unfamiliar with but which through its complex relationship with a major river has parallels with his home of Delhi, artist and writer Ravi Agarwal found himself ruminating over two questions: how should I go there? How able am I to comprehend the context and what I might learn there? In this text, he reflects upon the shared experiences of those who live along the Mississippi in New Orleans and those who live by the Yamuna in Delhi, reciprocal relationships with nature, and the importance of listening in the Anthropocene.
Ravi Agarwal’s 2008 art piece Extinct? was located at two separate sites in New Delhi—the National Museum of Natural History on Barakhamba Road, and out-doors at a nearby busy, parklike traic roundabout, a few hundred meters from the museum grounds. Agarwal’s work was part of a larger group show entitled 48 Degrees Celsius Public.Art.Ecology, for which twenty-five artists—fifteen from India and ten from other countries—were enlisted to construct art pieces on the theme of the environment in urban public spaces within Delhi.
The following are occasional notes from October 12th, 2013 to August 17th, 2015 written by Ravi Agarwal. The exhibition Ecologies of Loss, curated by Marco Scotini at PAV, is the first Italian solo exhibition of the Indian artist, as part of a series investigating into the relationship between artistic practices and ecological thought in the Asian continent.
MARG: Documentary Now. September – December 2018 Issue
Nature’s Present. Seminar 690. February 2017
The Work of Freedom in a World of Images- Pallavi Paul. MARG Documentary Now Issue Sep – Dec, 2018
Death by Water: Environmental Documentaries. A Brief Overview, Veena Hariharan: MARG Documentary Now Issue Sep – Dec, 2018
Else All Will be Still:Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation in the Ecological Photography of Ravi Agarwal. Maya Kovskaya. Take on Art. Issue 1. Volume 2. June 2016
The Art and Politics of Ecology in India: A Roundtable with Ravi Agarwal and Sanjay Kak, T.J Demos. Third Text, Vol 27. Issue 1, Jan 2013. 159-169
Emplacing and Excavating the City: Art Ecology and Public Space in Delhi. Christiane Brosius, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. Transcultural Studies 2015.1.
Public Art? Activating the Agoratic Condition : Cultural theorist, art critic and independent curator, Nancy Adajania ‘s paper presented at the symposium linked to 48 C the Public Art Ecology Festival, New Delhi, December 2008
Stories from the Theatre of Aura and Decay :Maya Kovskaya. Interview with Ravi Agarwal. Art Journal 41
Fotografie – ein transkultureller Verhandlungsraum Eine Analyse der Arbeiten von Ravi Agarwal (Delhi). Cathrine Bublatzky. Pp 115-131
Landscape as Evidence: Artist as Witness: Skye Arundhati Thomas. E-Flux.com
1. Politics of a Planetary Future: Interview with Caroline Picard. Editor, Writer, Publisher
2.Interview by Camillia Boheimo, Curator
3. Interview by Jeebesh Bagchi, Artist, Raqs Media Collective
4. Interview by Kathry Myers. Prof. of Art, University of Connecticut.
5. Interview by Gayatri Sinha. Ed Critical Collective. (https://criticalcollective.in)
Published writings on the Yamuna Elbe Project, 2011 (Pl see under Curation)
1. Re-imaging the River. Seminar 657. may 2014. New Delhi Pp 27-31
2. Yamuna – Elbe. Contemporary Flows, Fluid Times. Art Fair 110
On the successful campaign to save the 8000 ha Delhi Ridge Forest, and its current status.
Ravi Agarwal is a photographer and environmental activist living in New Delhi. Trained as an engineer, his work integrates aspects of science, ecology, urban space, the environment, and explorations of the documented self, described as personal ecologies. His early...
3 articles as part of the Sarai Reader Series.
1.Beyond Environmental Standards, from Techno-centric to People-centric Environmental Governance in Troubled Times. Sustainable Development and Governance in the Age of Extremes. SDPI. Pakistan 2006. Pp 240-252
2. Toxic Wastes: Growing Hazards. India Disaster Report
3. Corporate Social Responsibility: a critical perspective from India Ravi Agarwal . November 2003 (Dutch version published in Cosmetische Humanisering. Ed Tonja van den Ende, Harry Kunneman, Ireen Dubel, Humanistics University Press, Amsterdam, 2005)
4. TOXINS FROM E- WASTE ADD TO DELHIS NIGHTMARE. Ravi Agarwal. Mail Today 2008
5. Time to Tacke E Waste http://www.civilsocietyonline.com/Archive/nov09/nov0910.asp Civil Society Ravi Agarwal
6.Lets not torture the trees. Civil Society September 2009 at http://www.civilsocietyonline.com/Archive/septoct09/sept094.asp
7. Managing E Waste in India, August, 2015. Governance Now
Fluid Landscapes. Seminar 673. Sept. 2015. Pp 34-38
1. E Waste Law: New Paradigm of Business as Usual. Economic and Political Weekly. June 23, 2012. Vol XLVII. No 25
2. On Waste