Joshi Radin is an interdisciplinary artist and writer living in Chicago. Working independently and collaboratively, she generates and examines practices of valuation and questions investigating nature, cosmology and expanded landscape using video, photography, writing and performance. Drawing on childhood experiences living within an experimental, utopian back to the land community in central New York, Radin traces historical and genealogical roots of utopianism and nature through imagery and processes as spaces of knowledge production. Currently her work focuses on examining nodes of intersection with contemporary theorists engaged with ecological, scientific and anthropological approaches to narrating the global imaginary. Through an engagement with the advent of planetary vision and the recognition of Cold War military and technological advances, Radin is interested in propositional narratives of interconnectedness that simultaneously think with and through political histories. In spite of their failures, Radin's work questions what previous utopianists sought: what might forms of resistance to dominant paradigms of late capitalist modernity look like?
In 2018 Radin completed her MA in Visual and Critical Studies as a New Artist Society Merit Scholar at SAIC, where she received her MFA from the Department of Photography also as a New Artist Society Merit Scholar. Her collaborative artist research group with Linda Tegg and Brian M. John, A Program for Plants, received a Shapiro Center EAGER grant in 2015 for their investigations with plants and empathy. She performed with Maryam Taghavi at Queens Museum, has presented at conferences on art and ecology and has published texts in the Brill Critical Plant Studies Series. She had her first solo show of photographic works in the fall of 2017 and held the 2017 Dangler Curatorial Fellowship in the Photography Department at The Art Institute of Chicago. She is also a divinity school dropout with some monastic Zen training.