Nural Moser


"Safety Travelling"

Photographs framed in security frames, 2016 – ongoing.

“Freedom is not defined by safety—safety is defined by freedom.” Under this motto, Nural Moser started her project, “Safety Travelling.” What began as a self- and social experiment grew into a continuous artistic and performative practice. Moser’s work critiques social power mechanisms and oppressive power structures, focusing on religion and its manipulative belief systems.

By wearing a fully veiled burqa every time she goes to the airport and gets on an airplane, Moser tackles complex societal issues; her persona as the veiled woman has become a peaceful warrior in the fight for freedom of choice as a human right, for gender equality, and for sexual liberation. She uses the burqa as a visual symbol as it can be understood as one of the strongest existing mechanisms of female oppression and social apartheid.

Nural Moser grew up as part of the first Middle Eastern mixed raced generation in Vienna. Her practice was and is shaped by the courage of her anti-authoritarian parents, their political engagements, and the many philosophical conversations she shared with her father about his Muslim past, his experiences as an illegal immigrant in the West, and his struggles with institutional authority.