160 silver plated table knives
With Amansa Lluvia Otto Berchem adapts an act he has witnessed in the South America, speci cally in Colombia, and deep in the heart of his own family. With this ritual peo- ple stick two knives into the ground. Crossed together, to prevent rain from special events: weddings, baptisms, and even gallery open- ings. This ritual is not only a means to prevent rain, but also to ward off bad energies or people that can interfere with personal desires. With his installation Amansa Lluvia, Berchem presents 160 silver plated table knives, initially laid out on the oor, and later - a pair at a time – placed into the ground outside. One pair for each day, to keep the rain away (as needed) over the course of an 80 day long exhibition.