UNDRESSING / SOYUNMA
Video- performance, 06:19 min. 2006
As we all know, in the last few years the European opinion on Islam and Muslim countries has changed. The reason for my performance was to question and discuss the situation of Muslim women living in Austria who are affected by the racist climate in the public space, who experience discrimination in everyday live and whose images, for example prior to elections, are abused.
As persons living in Europe, often with foreign nationalities, these women, as well as myself, with or without a headscarf, represent neither Turkey, the Iran, or Afghanistan nor any other country or Islam itself. Even so, they often serve as targets. The majority of Muslim women living in Europe, with or without a headscarf, first and foremost, represent their individual selves and not religious or nationalist ideas.
Nilbar Güres 2006