Otto Berchem

What is seen and what is not seen

"It’s fascinating to think that all around us there’s an invisible world we can’t even see.”
-Jack Handey-

Otto Berchem’s work explores how we live and how we communicate our lives with one another. This interest in our social codes, and how we negotiate them, has lead to work that is often created in the public space or in the non-art context. Often these works draw attention to overlooked, unnoticed, and unarticulated systems and social behaviors.

For his third solo exhibition with Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Berchem will present several projects, all connected by subtle interventions used to expose what is seen and what is not seen.

These projects include Temporary Person Passing Through, a project that employed a now defunct hieroglyphic symbols used to map the city; You Am I Am You, a project commissioned by ArtAids, where Berchem produced a special collar for Thai street dogs; and Sanctuary, an ongoing project about a young kidnapping victim.

In recent years Otto Berchem’s work featured in EV+A, Limerick (2006), it was exhibited in Centre d’Art, Biel; Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz and in S.M.A.K., Gent. In 2008 he participated in the 4th Triennale of Centemporary Art, Friedrichshafen and in the exhibition More to Love, in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Exhibition: 17/10/09 – 21/11/09

Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS
Rozengracht 207A
1016 LZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands