Surrounded by Living Tissue by Oscar Guermouche
In Surrounded by Living Tissue, Oscar Guermouche has written “your clothes your boots your motorcycle” by hand throughout the entire book. The text is taken from Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and is one of the lines spoken by the terminator. The work’s title comes from a line about the terminator from the first film in the series, The Terminator (1984).
Oscar Guermouche explores language as a bearer of identity. His work focuses on connections between body and text, using questions of self-image, biography and belonging as a starting point. He is particularly interested in male identities and characters, often men trapped in the borderland between hero and monster, and the narratives that create and recreate them. Issues such as upbringing, fatherhood and threat are also included here.
His practice is based on the collecting, copying, and compiling of existing texts. However, in the works he uses a variety of techniques such as painting, drawing, installation, video, and sculpture.
Surrounded by Living Tissue is currently on display at Magasin III Museum of Contemporary Art in Stockholm. Leonard Gustafssons bokbinderi
Oscar Guermouche is an artist, born in 1977 in Stockholm, and living on Öland. He obtained his master’s degree in 2009 from the Department of Fine Art at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm.
His work has been exhibited at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, ICIA in Gothenburg, the National Centre for Contemporary Art in Moscow, Kunsthalle Rostock, and Sleepwalker Projects in Toronto, amongst others. His work is included in several art collections, such as those of MagasinIIII Museum of Contemporary Art, the Public Art Agency Sweden, and the City of Gothenburg. He has published a number of articles and essays, for example in Paletten Art Journal, the Swedish Association of Art, and Flamme forlag. He is also a frequent guest teacher and lecturer at the Royal Institute of Art, Konstfack, Valand Academy and several other art and design schools. He is also active in Konstnärsnämnden—the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s working groups, as vice-chairman of the Visual Art’s Fund, and chairman of the Iaspis delegation, as well as a member of Konstfack’s university board.
In 2020 he launched Praun & Guermouche together with Sandra Praun.
Praun & Guermouche 
An artist’s book by Oscar Guermouche
13.5 cm x 17 cm
19.2 x 15.5 x 2.7 cm)
Hand-bound by Leonard Gustafssons bokbinderi
Edition: 3, each unique
December 12, 2019