Praun & Guermouche is a Stockholm-based publishing house, established in 2020 by graphic designer Sandra Praun and artist Oscar Guermouche. They focus on art, essays, and artists’ books. All their books are edited, designed, and produced by ourselves.
They believe that the way books convey art has intrinsic value, and accordingly the books we produce should both reflect and complement the art. This means that we not only design books based on their contents, but that we also shape the contents in accordance with the book. For the works to come into their own, they need to be translated into the materiality, spatiality, and narrativity of the book. It’s a matter of creating a space in which the art can communicate in other ways than in documentation, in an exhibition, or even in the works themselves. In our practice we use the possibilities and limitations of the bound book as our starting point. At the same time, we are always trying to challenge our own ideas about the relationship between the art and the art book.
In addition to book production and publishing, our space includes a shop, a library, and a showroom. In the showroom we host small exhibitions and talks in connection with our publications. The library consists of books that we have published or been involved in in other ways. Allowing the public to freely borrow books is our commentary on the cultural political situation in Sweden, where more and more libraries are being closed down.
In parallel, we take on commissions for concept development and design.