Astha Butail

In the Absence of Writing

Her winning project titled “In the Absence of Writing”, will, in the artist’s words, be “an homage to the intangible oral traditions that are still alive today.” For the BMW Art Journey, Butail plans to investigate the Zoroastrian Avesta, Jewish Oral Torah and Indian Veda traditions by experiencing and recording their different memory techniques and interviewing scholars and practitioners of each tradition. The journey will lead through the cities of Yazd (Iran), Jerusalem (Israel), London (United Kingdom), Varanasi, Pune, New Delhi and Mumbai (India).

The Journey