Lives and works in New Delhi.
Ravi Agarwal has pursued a photography practice integrally with his pursuit as an environmentalist and social activist. He came to the fore with his participation in Documenta XI. He is founder of the well known Indian NGO Toxics Link and has been internationally awarded for his work.
His earlier work, in the documentary oeuvre, encompasses ‘nature’, ‘work,’ ‘labour,’ and the ‘street,’ while more recent work has been traversing questions of the self and ecological sustainability based on explorations of ‘personal ecologies.’ He now works with photography, video and installation.
2008:An Other Place, Gallery Espace, New Delhi.
2006:Alien Waters, India International Centre, New Delhi.
2000:Down and Out, New Delhi, India Habitat Centre.
Ahmedabad, Gujarat India.
The Hutheesingh Visual Arts Gallery.
Amsterdam - National Vakbondsmuseum.
1995:A Street View, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi.
Selected Curated, Group, Residency Exhibitions
2010: Where Three Dreams Cross, curated Sunil Gupta et al, Whitechapel Gallery, London, and Winterthur Fotomuseum, Switzerland.
2009: Detour, curated Ranjit Hoskote, Gallery Chemould, New Delhi.
2009: Astonishment of Being, curated Deeksha Nath, Birla Academy for Arts and Culture, Kolkata.
2009: Recycle, curated Bhavna Vij, Travencore House, New Delhi, Nature Morte, Kolkata.
2008/ 11: Indian Highway, curated Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gunnar. Kvaran, traveling exhibition, Serpentine Gallery, London (2008), Astrep Fernley Museum, Oslo, Norway (2009).
2008: Extinct, curated Pooja Sood, 48deg C, Public Eco-Art International festival, New Delhi.
2008: Still/Moving Image, curated Deeksha Nath, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi.
2008: Click! Contemporary Photography in India, curated Sunil Gupta and Radhika Singh, Vadhera Gallery, New Delhi.
2007: Horn Please, The Narrative in Contemporary Indian Art, curated Bernhard Fibicher, Suman Gopinath, Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland.
2007: Public Places, Private Spaces, curated Gayatri Sinha, Zetta Emmons, Newark Museum, Newark and Minneapolis (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.
2002: Documenta 11, curated Okwui, Enzwor, Kassel, Germany.
1996: 2nd Biennial of Creative Photography, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi.
1995: First National Exhibition of Photography, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi.
1993: Bombay Natural History Society photo exhibition, Bombay, India.
Photographic Books and Catalogues
In the Shadow of the Vulture, 48 deg C, Public Eco Art, Goethe Institute, New Delhi, 2009.
Immersion. Emergence, Youthreach, New Delhi, 2007.
Down and Out: Labouring under Global Capitalism New Delhi: Oxford University Press and Amsterdam, University Press, 2000.
Making a Difference, A collection of essays, ed. Rukmani Shekhar, Spic Mackay, New Delhi, 1998.
Portfolios in The India Magazine, 1995 and 1997.
Portfolio in The First City Magazine, 2003.
Monthly Visual Column in First City Magazine, since Feb 2005.
1. 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.
2. Standardised, packaged, ready for consumption, Sarai Reader 05, Bare Acts, Sarai – CSDS, Delhi, 2005.
3. Beyond environmental standards, from techno centric to people centric environmental governance. Troubles Times, Sustainable Development and Governance in the Age of Extrems.” SDPI, Islamabad, 2006.
4. Resisting technology, regaining and a personal ecology, Sarai Reader, 03, Shaping Technologies, 2003.
5. Corporate Social responsibility, a crit