Astha Butail art exhibition in New Delhi

Astha Butail art exhibition in New Delhi

In The Absence of Writing is an interactive exhibition of works made by Indian artist Astha Butail, which explores how traditions are passed from one generation to the next using the spoken word

Forever by Indian contemporary artist Astha Butail

In The Absence of Writing is hosted by the non-profit Gujral Foundation and runs until 28 February at 24 Jor Bagh in New Delhi. Astha Butail's contemporary works, often made from wood, use geometric forms to explore particular themes and this exhibition focuses on how traditions are passed on orally. Pictured above: this sculpture is called Forever

In The Absence of Writing is the culmination of a year-long journey Astha Butail made to research memory and living traditions that are passed on through teachings and oral poetry, with a focus on Zoroastrian Avesta, the Jewish Oral Torah and Indian Vedic philosophy.

As a multidisciplinary artist, Butail trained in textile design and has studied Sanskrit. She uses geometry, cultural systems and oral traditions as metaphors to respond to her research. This exhibition uses varied mediums - sculpture, video, sound, experiential installations -  that people can touch and interact with. 

Astha Butail
Mobile Immobile
Secrets are Secrets
There Is Enough Room for Everything
Close up of Forever
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