Yamuna/Anacostia: Rivers and Environmental Justice

Event description: 

December 10, 2022

1 – 3pm EST

In-person and online event

National Museum of Asian Art
1050 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC, USA

From the Yamuna River in northern India to the Anacostia River running through Washington, DC, and Maryland, the fate of rivers in urban centers reveals that the consequences of industrialization are often felt most intensely by those already marginalized along racial, religious, caste, and socioeconomic divisions. This program will draw on key themes from the current exhibitions A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur and Unstill Waters: Contemporary Photography from India, creating dialogue with the National Museum of Asian Art’s environs in Washington, DC. Artists and scholars will explore the parallel histories of the Yamuna and Anacostia Rivers, contemporary community-led efforts to address the harm done to the rivers and the communities that rely on them, and the role of image-making as a tool for environmental justice.


Ravi Agarwal, artist, environmental campaigner, writer, and curator
Katrina Lashley, Program Coordinator, Anacostia Community Museum
Dr. Anne Rademacher, Professor of Environmental Studies, New York University
Dr. Bishnupriya Ghosh, Professor of English and Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

This event will take place in the museum's Meyer Auditorium and will also be streamed live online.

Register here.