Bilal Bahir °1988
Visual artist

Bilal lives and works in Belgium and graduated in 2008 at 'The Institute of Fine Arts', Baghdad, Sculpture.

His artistic research is interested in the diversity of cultures in a vast chronological perspective. He develops a biographical and political dimension to end up with cycles of drawings and sketches with a dreamlike and poetic character. It raises the question of the state of war and human existence through the many changes in Iraqi society, be it cultural, political or economic changes. The pictorial elements express the artist's deep commitment to the great questions of our time: the place of the individual in the midst of the conflicts and changes that are shaking the world and touching the human being at the heart of his life. The red line that runs through all his artistic work originates in the cradle of humanity: Mesopotamia. This is where the artist 's interrogation begins, an interrogation that he shows through a panorama of striking historical and cultural facts. Through his drawings, Bahir, like a screenwriter, unfolds his reflections with the help of images of lived or dreamed events. On pages of ancient books, he unfolds his world, his dreams and the harsh reality.


My Head
38x31 cm — 2021

38x31 cm — 2021

The Last Letter
38x31 cm — 2021

Mise en Abyme
Mixed media on paper — 22x17 cm — 2020

Mixed media on paper — 42x31 cm — 2020

Ball Collector
42 x 31 cm — 2020

Waiting for Godot
Mixed media on paper — 46x32,7 cm — 2019

Pillow Hunter
46 x 32 cm — 2019

Transparent Memory
64 x 46 cm — 2018

Gregor Samsa Jewels
64 x 46 cm — 2018

64 x 46 cm — 2018

Before The Flood
64 x 46 cm — 2018

Oum Kalthoum
42 x 30 cm — 2017

Reconstruct The Soul
Serie of Drawings Mixed Media on Paper

House for Dance, Image and Sound, Leuven
Photo by Kristof Vrancken

Curriculum Vitae

Born in 1988 Baghdad, Iraq
Lives and works in Belgium
Graduated in 2008 at 'The Institute of Fine Arts', Baghdad, Sculpture


2020 'Rythm of forgotten joy' Kunstkomplex & Mennuni, Basel, CH
2020 'Couples d'Artistes', Adoráble ART+DESIGN, The Hague, NL
2019 Gallery S&H De Buck, Gent, BE

2019 'Rythm of forgotten joy' Gallery Kunstkomplex, Wuppertal, DE
2019 'Entre le sommeil et le songe', Black Swan Gallery, Bruges, BE
2019 'The Beauty of the Invisible', What Else, Art Center, Mesnil Eglise, BE
2019 Noir Brussels, Musée du Cinquantenaire, Art & History Museum, Brussels, BE

2019 'Inner/Outer', group show, Culturel Center De Ververij, Ronse, BE

2018 'Dans l’intimité des crinolines', Prix du Parlement, Parlement de la FWB, Brussels, BE

2018 'Intimacy', Galerie S&H de Buck, Ghent, BE

2018 Ensorceler-Guérir, Musée du Carnaval et du Masque de Binche, BE

2017 Ensorceler-Guérir, Center Albert Marinus-La Médiatine,Bruxelles, BE

2016 Magic and Power, Marta Herford Museum, Herford, DE

2016 Up in the Air, Artefact Festival, STUK, Leuven, BE

2016 Especes d'espaces, Space Collection, curator Lieux-communs, Namur, BE

2016 Solo at Rivoli, Brussels, BE

2015 Heaven and Hell, From magic carpets to drones,Villa Empain, Brussels, BE

2015 Quinze au cube, Galerie Détour, Jambes, BE

2015 Exihibition at the university Mimar Sinan, Istanbul,TR

2015 OFF Course, Contemporary Art Fair, Bruxelles, BE

2015 Art Up, Art Fair, Lille, FR

2014 St Art, Art fair, Strasbourg, FR

2014 Installation for Intersections, Bister, Namur, BE

2014 Installation, Ithaka 22, Leuven, BE

2014 Etat de la Question, Maison de la Culture, Namur, BE

2013 Biennale contempory art, Wanze, BE

2010 Art of Conflict, Identity in War, galerie Tarnish and Gold Minneapolis, US


2019 Belgium's SPF Affaires étrangères-FPS Foreign Affairs' collection, BE

2017 Private Collection in the National Bank of Belgium
2016 Installation and personal portraits related to my roots, BELvue museum collection, Brussels, BE
2014 Namurois de l'année for artistic creation, Namur, BE

2012 First prize Lambert Lecrenier, Huy, BE