Moshtari Hilal is a visual artist, researcher and curator
working from Hamburg and Berlin.
She is the co-founder of the global independent art collective AVAH (Afghan Visual Arts and History), co-founder of Berlin-based research collective CCC (Curating Through Conflict with Care) (2022) and co-creator of Studio Hilal, a collaborative design project dedicated to prints on textile.
With a special focus on analogue drawing, Moshtari considers her overall practice to be interdisciplinary and process-oriented. While her process begins with the personal as a resource, it involves as well academic research and the engagement with the public and her immediate community, in forms of lectures, essays, artist talks, interviews, collaborations and social media. She describes her artistic practice as reconciliation with shame and negated beauty, seeking to understand and critically subvert power and colonial continuities.
Her body of work exploring the possibilities of the visual arts and analogue drawing is shaped by the (self)portrait and family archive. Moshtari Hilal aims for a visual language that is shaped by the subjective. Consequently, the artist works with the drawn line as means and symbol of a figurative vocabulary that refers to the black-haired body. In addition, her portraits deal with recurring motifs, such as the prominent nose, the figure of the mother or the family archive.
studied Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science
in Hamburg, Amman, Berlin and London,
focus on Gender-, Decolonial- and Cultural Studies.
List of Selected Exhibitions and Artist Talks
“The Warm Pillow was My Mother, The Blanket My Father”
12.12-17.01.2020 Hamburg, Germany
Solo-Show at Âme Nue, Curated by Liberty Adrien
“The Black Haired Bomb”
21.-23.08.2019 Berlin, Germany
Solo-Show Commissioned by Pop-Kultur-Festival
“BANAL – an exploration of everyday aesthetics”
27.10.-04.11.2018 London, UK
Solo-Show at Enclave Lab, Goldsmith University
Curated by Shirin Fathi and Kathy Cho
"The Angle of a Phallus is Equal to the Angle of a Nose"
13.04- 14.04.2018 Hamburg, Germany
Solo Show at Galerie 21, Vorwerk-Stift
07.09.2021 Osnabrück, Germany
Reading at Osnabrücker - VIELEN, Museumsquartier Osnabrück
“Unlearning Ugliness – About Artistic Practice and Colonial Seeing Habits”
26.02.2020 Hamburg, Germany
Artist Talk at MARKK – Museum for the Arts and Cultures of the World
“Drawing as Semi-Documental Sculpture”
05.11.2019 Hamburg, Germany
Artist Talk at HfBK, University of Fine Arts
"Creating Beyond the Collective Other"
25.07.2019 Bamberg, Germany
Artist Talk at the University of Bamberg, invited by Prof. Charlotte Bank
"The Crack begins Within"
Oct-Nov 2020 Berlin
Curatorial Workshop at Berlin Biennale 11
24.-27.04.2019 London, UK
Art Residency at Albany, Curated by Zahed Sultan
“Artists in Residence at Konstepidemin”
31. 07 -30. 09.2017 Gothenburg, Sweden
One of Two Selected IASPIS Scholarship Holders
(International Artists Studio Programme)
09.01 — 06.02.2021 Paris, France
Group Exhibition curated by Bettina Moriceau Maillard
with the collaboration of Marion Coindeau
at Marais Galerie Derouillon, Haut Marais
"S T R U K T U R"
04.10 - 24.10.2020 Hamburg, Germany
Group Exhibition with Barbara Lüdde
at Feinkunst Krüger
“The Flowers of Evil”
29.09 – 13.01.2019 Sopot, Poland
Group Exhibition at Sopot National Gallery of Art
“La Nuit de l’Instant c’est l’imagination au pouvoir”
13.-14.09.2019 Marseille, France
Group Exhibition at Centre Photographique Marseille
“When My Mother Entered My Work”
03.-07.07.2019 Beirut, Lebanon
On Display at Beirut Design Week
“Long Night of Museums - la Nuit de l'Instant"
18.-19.05.2019 Hamburg, Germany
Group Exhibition at Institut Francais
15.-18.03.2018 Hamburg, Germany
Group Exhibition at Affenfaust Gallery
04.3-10.3.2018 Cologne, Germany
Group Exhibition at qlit*clgn Festival
02.-04.03.2018 Berlin, Germany
Group Exhibition at Cosmonauts' Studio
10.11.2017 Barcelona, Spain
Pop-Up Exhibition at Museum del Disseny, Curated by Van Van
"Nimrouz - The First Global Visual Arts Exhibition of Afghanistan”
03.- 17.11.2017 Tehran, Iran
Group Exhibition at Niavaran, curated by Maryam Kuhestani
“South Asian Evocations and Becomings"
27.10.2017 New York City, USA
Group Exhibition at China Town Soup, curated by @southasia.art
26.05- 14.06.2017 Berlin, Germany
Group Exhibition at Heinrich Böll Foundation
"Empathy Won’t Save Us"
08.09.2016 Hannover, Germany
On Display at CLINCH - Postcolonial Festival
"The Girl with the Moustache"
30.11.-30.01.2016 Berlin, Germany
Solo-Show at Literary Colloquium
"Art Amongst War: Visual Culture in Afghanistan 1979- 2014"
05.03 - 17.04.2014 New Jersey, USA
Group Exhibition at TCNJ-Art Gallery, The College of New Jersey
“Buna Hour/Arts of the Everyday – Postcolonial Poly Perspectives”
06.12.2019 Berlin, Germany
Panel Discussion at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Theater
“Role of the Arts in (New) Forms of Grassroot Politics? “
16.11.2019 Berlin, Germany
Panel Talk at the XartSplitta
“What We Left Unfinished” (Film Premiere by Mariam Ghani)
09.02.2019 Berlin, Germany
Panel Discussion at Berlinale (Arsenal Cinema)
"Wish you were Queer - on aesthetics and politics”
30.03.2017 Hamburg, Germany
Discussion Presented by Moshtari Hilal,
At Golem (Böll-Stiftung), Organized by Yesim Duman
"Kosmos Laboratory: Illustration and Visual Arts"
07.03.2017 Berlin, Germany
Artist Talk at Maxim-Gorki-Theater, hosted by Grada Kilomba
"Before the Increase of Signs"
23.02.2017 Hamburg, Germany
Reading with Senthuran Varatharajah at W3
Presented by Moshtari Hilal