Ravi Agarwal Announced as Visiting Scholar

  • 13 October 2023

In October 2023, the Climate & Colonialism research project at the Paul Mellon Centre will welcome Ravi Agarwal as a visiting scholar.

Ravi Agarwal will be collaborating with Sria Chatterjee and the broader Climate & Colonialism team to develop a strand of the project focused on environmental justice and its relations to extraction, policy, and the arts. Ravi’s ongoing multimodal practice has been deeply informed by these relations.

Ravi Agarwal (New Delhi) has an interdisciplinary practice as an artist, writer, curator, and environmental campaigner. His work has been shown widely including at: the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art, Washington (December 2022); the Biennials of Havana (2019), Yinchuan (2018), Kochi (2016), Sharjah (2013); Indian Highway, London (2009); and Documenta XI, Kassel (2002) amongst others, besides numerous solo and group exhibitions. He curated New Natures, A Terrible Beauty Is Born at the Goethe Institute and CSMVS Museum, Mumbai (January 2022), Imagined Documents at the Les Rencontres d' Arles (July 2022) and the project on multispecies worlds Samtal Jameer, Samtal Jameen ( He is the curatorial advisor for the current exhibition Carbon (August 2023) at the Science Gallery, Bengaluru, India. His new photobook The Power Plant – Fragments in Time, is under publication.

Ravi is the founder and director of the Toxics Link Environmental NGO based in New Delhi, and The Shyama Foundation’s Shared Ecologies program, which supports emerging initiatives at the intersection of art and ecology in India. He has been invited to be a co-convenor for the Bergen Assembly 2025.