Nilbar Güreş 

Undressing, 2006 

6 min. 22 sec.  


In her performative video Undressing, Nilbar Güreş removes many layers of colorful head scarves, unwrapping them one after the other as she recites the names of the female friends and family members who provided them. Güreş wants to turn our attention to the fact that in Europe, Muslim women who wear headscarves are often reduced to the role of a silent representative of religious or nationalist ideas instead of being captured as individual selves. These women, with or without a headscarf, are affected by the racist climate in the public space, experience discrimination in everyday life, and often serve as targets. 


Nilbar Güreş (born 1977, İstanbul, Lives and works in Vienna and İstanbul) holds a BA in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Marmara University, İstanbul and a MA in Painting & Graphics from the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. Güreş has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, among others in: “Yokohama Triennial”, Yokohama, Japan, 21st Contemporary Art Biennial, São Paulo, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, 20th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, EVA International Ireland’s Biennial, MAK Vienna,11th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, and Rampa, Istanbul


This work is presented with the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum

Photo: Nicole Tintera