Guzzler is pleased to present an exhibition by Swedish artist Tomas Rydin. Originally shown at a vacant East End apartment in 2017, Skinned London Squatters was open by appointment until a paying tenant moved in. Until that moment came the skinned squatters hung as minimalist wall ornaments in the revamped real estate. But only a fortnight later, due to a lack of interest from prospective tenants, the former (now-skinned/wall-mounted) residents were evicted from the property a second time... The skins now hang in the living quarters of Guzzler, Rosanna, Victoria, Australia. In one sense, the unliveability and provincialism of this space (the lounge-room) return the squatters to their old place in the UK. Pre-Renovation, on their way to the next form of stark white unliveability aka the rampant housing cycle. This press release was written against a chorus of smashing windows, crumbling bricks and engine splutter as the neighbour’s house was demolished. The squatters’ current residence will be bulldozed in early 2022. The – trauma – of gentrification continues…

How does it feel living among skinned people on your walls?