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Moshtari Hilal

Studio grant holder in Göteborg August - September 2017


Moshtari Hilal (b. Kabul) is an artist and illustrator based in Hamburg, Germany. Self taught in art, she studied Middle Eastern Studies and Politics in Hamburg and focused on Postcolonial and Gender Theory. With her body of often semi-autobiographical work, she aims to generate an understanding of the complexity of marginalised identities and create another visual language. Her work and working process could also be described as dealing with complex realities via surreal aesthetics, between critical theory and therapeutic detail work, analogue handwork and digital networks. Her portraits explore the possibilities of beauty and storytelling within a political environment through faces. In the press, her art has been described as “trauma-themed ink on paper” by the New York Times and her artistic practice as “a creative denial of the cultural power of enduring colonial attitudes about societies beyond Europe and the diasporic descendants of non-European cultures and histories” by the independent online magazine Kajal Mag.

Her work has been displayed in Germany, Afghanistan, Denmark, Austria, USA and Canada and appeared in transnational publications and discussed on several political panel talks. In July 2016 she co-founded Nachbild Kollektiv, an interdisciplinary arts collective in Germany which aims to create new forms of aesthetics and visual arts beyond stigmatising and essentialist spaces. Nachbild curates digital spaces, empty spaces within our society, exhibitions and physical encounters with other female* artists of colour. (*queer)


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