Surrounded by Living Tissue

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Surrounded by Living Tissue is an artist’s book by Oscar Guermouche. 

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 traditional male characters and environments, and the narratives that create them. The men find themselves trapped in the borderland between hero and monster, in a state of constant readiness. 

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. 

In Surrounded by Living Tissue 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 is an artist, born in 1977 in Stockholm, and living on Öland. He obtained his master’s degree 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 Magasin III 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 also launched Praun & Guermouche together with Sandra Praun.

The book Surrounded by Living Tissue is currently exhibited in the new library at Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art.

The work Surrounded by Living Tissue (drawing, ink on paper, 17×13 cm, 2016) is on display during the summer and fall of 2020 at the Praun & Guermouche showroom. Leonard Gustafssons bokbinderi

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Praun & Guermouche


Oscar Guermouche


13.5 cm x 17 cm (Object measurements: 19.2 x 15.5 x 2.7 cm)




Handbound by Leonard Gustafssons bokbinderi


3, each unique


Hand-bound in xxxx leather, silversnitt

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