Remains of What Is to Come (A Home)
Exhibition text by Lars Erik Hjertström-Lappalainen:
Light which seeps in does not look like other light. It is a beautiful day and the world out there is open. The light which seeps out, on the other hand, is something completely different. Especially if it seeps out into a room. And if the light, as is the case here, in the installation of Oscar Guermouche, comes from behind a bookshelf, then it is a traitor and an informer which have adopted the cruel figure of light. It seeps out as a truth one wishes to conceal. It is terrible. Somewhere there in the back someone is heard hushing. At children. It is in itself a complete work, with the light and the sound. Nothing more is needed to assemble a world, a situation, perhaps a general atmosphere, someone’s breath of life. The threat, the fear; to go underground, to want to hide oneself, retreat but prepared for an attack, the loneliness and – is it paranoia or perspicacity? Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s I Call My Brothers is in the bookshelf. But Three Little Pigs as well. And Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl.
This is how Guermouche works, through minor and evocative perceptions. Perhaps one speaks more of his methodical qualities, that all is well-composed and thought through; that he quotes and compiles, mixes biography with history with fiction, thematises masculinity and scenarios of threat, identity and Swedishness and lonely heroes. He controls the space. In his process of making he retreats; he allows for others to make the objects for him, and puts all his efforts at making almost photorealistic representations of texts, drawing speech bubbles – as an artist he does all in order not to be seen. The concept comes first, and the execution should not add anything. But even in his works a sensibility seeps out, sensations on a discreet level, frail gasps which first strike the body, not the consciousness. Also, this is terrible: small sensations of an absolute vulnerability. Even in the image of Rambo, John Rambo, yes everywhere… The places also. Regardless of it being a photograph of a shower room, an actual building, or, like here, a home library, these are all places that relate to, and are actually created in relation to, a future assault. In terms of its form, this is the art of readiness, while in terms of its content, this is the art of the inevitable vulnerability. It is called Oscar Guermouche.
Bunker Z: The Beginning, In Hiding: The Life of Manuel Cortes, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, Tre små grisar, The Beagle Boys vs. the Money Bin, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Bröderna Lejonhjärta, Ronja Rövardotter, The Diary of a Young Girl, Stjärnklart, Vitsvit, Jag ringer mina bröder, Nationalism, ras och civilisation i svensk arbetarrörelse före nazismen, Hummelhonung, Okänd soldat, Kallocain, Rid i natt!, I knektens öga, Glädjens krig i allt och i allt det ljusa, Silverarken, Rövarna i Skuleskogen, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Walden, The Martian, The Great Escape, Goldfinger, Lord of the Flies, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, The Hobbit, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Le premier homme, Robinson Crusoe, Le Comte de Monte-Cristo, Im Westen nichts Neues, Der Untergang, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, The New York Trilogy, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Der Zauberberg, The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Fire of Ares, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, A History of Violence, Little House on the Prairie, Men Without Women, First Blood, La Seine était rouge: Paris, octobre 1961, Les damnés de la terre, The Cultural Politics of Emotion, Männerphantasien, LTI: Lingua Tertii Imperii, Oscar Tuazon: Die, Francisco Goya: Black Paintings, Andrea Zittel: Lay of My Land, Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Flew into Space from his Apartment, Heather and Ivan Morison: Falling into Place, Bjarne Melgaard: A House to Die In, Richard Serra: Sculpture 1985–1998, Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels, Albert Speer: Architecture 1932–1942, The Architecture of Failure, The Art-Architecture Complex, Hide and Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and Hideouts, Bunkerboken, Svenska borgar och fästningar, Bodens fästning: Karta och historik, Den hemliga svenska krigsplanen, Armageddon in Waco, Killing Pablo, Sveriges Pompeji: Sandby borgs öde, Rekonstruktionsarbetena i Eketorps borg, Masada: The Last Fortress, The Great Wall of China: From History to Myth, The Orion Mystery: Unlocking the Secrets of the Pyramids, Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, Children of the Siege, London at War, The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love, and Terror in Algeria, Air Raid Shelters of the Second World War: Family Stories of Survival in the Blitz, Chapultepec: Its Legend and Its History, The Tunnels of Cu-Chi, The Other Side of the Mountain: Mujahideen Tactics in the Soviet-Afghan War, The End of Sparta, Heroes Fight Like Greeks, Urban Guerrilla Warfare, Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare: From Stalingrad to Iraq, Lapplands jägare 1945–1995, Lapplands jägare 1995–2000, Le grand livre des insignes de la Légion étrangère, Who Dares Wins, Arméreglemente del 2: Taktik, The Book of Five Rings, The Art of War, Mind Control: Human Psychology, Manipulation, Persuasion and Deception Techniques Revealed, The Prince, Sapiens, Home Education: Training and Educating Children Under Nine, Junior Woodchucks’ Guidebook and Reservoir of Inexhaustible Knowledge, What Makes It Go? What Makes It Work? What Makes It Fly? What Makes It Float?, Rysk-svensk/Svensk-rysk ordbok, Survival Family Basics: Prepping for Violence, Survival Family Basics: The Hunkering Down Guide to Protect and Defend Your Home When Disaster Strikes, Survival Family Basics: The Prepper Survival Guide to Bugging Out When it’s Time to Get Out of Dodge, How to Install a Home Surveillance System, The Zombie Survival Guide, TC 5-31: Viet Cong Boobytraps, Mines and Mine Warfare Techniques, The Anarchist Cookbook, Sold F, 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation, Fight Like a Physicist, Bruce Lee: Letters of the Dragon, Ultimate Conversations: The Baddest Fighters on the Planet, Kid-Jitsu: Instructor’s Manual: Teaching Children the Art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, The Prisoner Workout: Killer Bodyweight Exercises for Small Spaces, Recipes for Disaster, Tin Can Magic: Over 400 Recipes Made With Pantry Ingredients, Food Storage: Preserving Meat, Dairy, and Eggs, Henhouse: How to Raise Your Own Chickens, The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game, Köksträdgården, Ut i Sveriges flora, The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook, Special Operation Forces Medical Handbook, Handbok Överlevnad, How to Install a Small to Mid Size Solar & Wind Power Generation System, Stirling Engine Design Manual, Tapping Into Water: Low Tech Well Drilling, Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way, Firewood, Family and Friends Cookbook.
Mixed media (bookcases, books, prints, sound, light), 202 cm x 480 cm x 28 cm.
Voices: Märit and Magda Guermouche.
December 12, 2019