22nd November 2012, 1830 Hrs
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Re-thinking : Nature and Urban Spaces
Ravi Agarwal, Founder Director Toxics Link will share his ideas relating to his forms and engagements both as an artist as well as an environmentalist, and the questions he confronts.The illustrated talk will focus the idea of creative expression and multi-dimensionality of approach as a way of rethinking ideas of nature and urban spaces.
About the Speaker
Ravi Agarwal is an artist, photographer, writer, curator and environmentalist. He explores issues of urban space, ecology, capital in an interrelated way. Working with photographs, video, performance, on-site installations, and public art, he engages with explorations for a period of time, researching the issue, recovering philosophical and archival text, to bring a multidimensionality of materials to his work. His earlier work was as a documentary photographer was on ‘labour’ and the ‘street.’ He describes his work as an investigation into a “personal ecology.”
Agarwal has participated in several important international curated shows including Document XI (Kassel 2002), Horn Please (Berne 2007) Indian Highway (2009 ongoing - London, Oslo, Copenhagen, Lyon, Rome etc.), Critical Mass (Tel Aviv, 2012), Newtopia (Belgium, 2012) as well as many national shows and solo shows. He co-curated the twin city Yamuna-Elbe public art and ecology project, which was held in Hamburg and Delhi in October –November 2011.
Ravi writes extensively on ecological issues, and is also founder director of the leading Indian environmental NGO, Toxics Link. He has been involved, over the past 17 years in campaigns relating to the Ridge forest in Delhi, and the river Yamuna. Besides, Toxics Link has been at the forefront of issues relating to environmental health, waste, and toxics. As a research based advocacy organization it has contributed extensively to new policy formulation and on the ground change. Ravi has co-edited and authored several books and is a communications engineer and MBA by training.
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