Moshtari Hilal (1993 Kabul) is a visual artist based in Hamburg and Berlin.
Hilal works with the drawn line as means and symbol of a new visual language that refers to the black-haired body. Her search for a visual expression narrates the sensual experiences of those who exist beyond our modern aesthetic concepts and their politics and leads her to autobiographical as well as archive and research work. She describes her current artistic practice as reconciliation with negated beauty. Moshtari Hilal studied Islamic Studies and Political Science in Hamburg, Amman, Berlin and London, where she focused her studies on feminist intellectual history and decolonial theory. Hilal is currently writing her master's thesis on the spatial destruction of Kabul and its public memorialisation.
Already at the beginning of her humanities studies she practiced art in her free time and since 2012 has exhibited in Kabul, New Jersey, Hanover, Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Gothenburg, Tehran, Sopot, Barcelona, London and Beirut. These include her solo exhibitions in Hamburg at Galerie 21 at Vorkwerk-Stift (April 2018) and London at the Art Space Enclave Lab at Goldsmith University of Fine Arts (October 2018). Hilal has also shown her work in group exhibitions at the Sopot National Gallery of Art in Poland (2018), the Tehran Niavaran Complex in Iran (2017), the Museum del Disseny in Barcelona (2017), the Literary Colloquium in Berlin (2016), the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin (2017), the Institute Francais in Kabul (2012) and Hamburg (2019). Recently she was on display at the Beirut Design Week (July 2019) and the Pop Kultur Festival (August 2019). From July to September 2017, Moshtari Hilal was a fellow of the Swedish artist residence Konstepidemin Göteborg.
In addition to her visual work, Hilal is regularly invited to discuss feminist and anti-racist issues in the visual economy of Europe. Among many public panels and talk she was a guest at the Gorki Theater (Berlin), The University of Fine Arts (HfbK), Golem (Hamburg), Haramacy Festival at the Albany in London and at the Arsenal Programmkino during the Berlinale 2019. Hilal is also co-founder (2019) of the collective AVAH (Afghan Visuals Arts and History), a research project and online archive.