Artist and writer Oscar Guermouche explores language as a bearer of identity. His work focuses on connections between body and text, using questions of biography, self-image and character as a starting point. He is particularly interested in male characters, especially the antihero and the monster, as well as their environments and languages, and the narratives that create and recreate them. This includes issues such as coming of age, fatherhood, and gender. At the same time, as a person with a background in the MENA region, but born and raised in Sweden, race, ethnicity and nationhood, as well as home and threat, have inevitably also become key components in several of his works. His practice is based on text, mainly by copying, displacing and compiling existing texts. Concurrently, the works include a number of different techniques, such as painting, drawing, video, performance, installation, and objects.
Oscar Guermouche is born in 1977 in Stockholm, and living on Öland, Sweden. He holds a master’s degree (MFA, 2009) from the Department of Fine Art at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. His work has been exhibited at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, the National Centre for Contemporary Art in Moscow, Kunsthalle Rostock, Lokal 30 in Warsaw, and Sleepwalker Projects in Toronto, amongst others. He is represented in several art collections, such as those of Magasin III Museum of Contemporary Art in Stockholm, the Public Art Agency Sweden, and Göteborg Konst. Furthermore, his work has been published in, for example, Texst (Konstfack), Il Corpo Solitario (Rubbettino Editore), and by Flamme Forlag. He has also written several essays and articles, published by the magazines Paletten Art Journal, Verk and Geist, the Swedish Association for Art, and the Turku Biennale, amongst others. In 2020, he founded the publishing house Praun & Guermouche together with graphic designer Sandra Praun. Their books are part of collections such as Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Columbia University Libraries in New York, Princeton University Library, Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden, and Hasselblad Foundation in Gothenburg. Furthermore, their books have been exhibited at, inter alia, Morioka Shoten in Tokyo, the Singapore Art Book Fair, the Hong Kong Art Book Fair, the Belgrade Biennale, and Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation in Stockholm. Besides his practice, he is a frequent guest teacher and lecturer at the Royal Institute of Art, Konstfack, Valand Academy and several other art and design schools. Since 2016 he is a board member of the Swedish Visual Arts Fund at the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, and since 2019 he is vice-chairman of the board, and chairman of the Iaspis delegation, as well as a member of Konstfack’s university board.