Astha Butail


(b. 1977, lives and works in Gurgaon, India)

Conflating the roles of artist and researcher, Butail’s art is born out of an intensive research process along with intuition which sets the pace of constructing rich circular narratives that explore the history of the archival oral form, the present elements in nature, the history of myth, and the fragments of lost knowledge and language. Butail’s practice draws natural and cultural materials through the combination of sculptural ensembles, artist books, painting, installation, textile, drawing, video, and sound. Her projects are often interactive and involve the viewer to be part of the work.

Butail’s debut solo exhibition was shown at GALLERYSKE, Bangalore. Recent exhibitions include ‘Visions from India’, The Columbia Museum of Art, Colombia (2020); Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem (2020); ‘In the Absence of Writing’, The Gujral Foundation, curated by Reha Sodhi, New Delhi (2019); ‘Fracture, Indian Textiles, New Conversations’, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon (2015); Sarai 09: The Exhibition, curated by Raqs Media Collective, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon (2012-13).

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