Add to the Cake

Transforming the roles of female practitioners

Contemporary cultural constructs have us believe that not everyone can get a fair share of the cake, and that only a limited few can write history. In the case of female practitioners in design, architecture and the arts, their erasure from the history and the memory of their disciplines has been systematic; but in the first two decades of the 21st century, they have regained visibility. In this pivotal moment, female practitioners have the chance to usher in an important transformation for their disciplines.

  • DATES 27/04/2019—03/11/2019

infinite layers for an expanded canon

We can – and need to – add to the existing cake: infinite layers for an expanded canon. Adding to museum collections and to historical accounts, adding to collective memory and to possible futures. Most importantly, we must realize that ‘adding’ doesn’t mean ‘taking away’, but that it enriches the existing context with multiple, varied voices and perspectives. 
‘Add to the Cake' is an exercise in enacting the kind of transformation that design, architecture and arts are about to experience. It develops over the course of an exhibition (preview: 27.04. – 23.06., exhibition: 06.07. – 03.11.2019), an active public program, and a series of performative moments over the course of six months.

Kampagnenmotiv "Add to the cake"

‘A Woman’s Work’

The exhibition stems from the ‘A Woman’s Work’ symposium, which took place at the Japanisches Palais in Dresden in January 2019, in context of the ‘Against Invisibility’ exhibition, and gathered local and international perspectives on the present and the future of female practice.

In ‘Add to the Cake', the exhibition collects and develops themes that were first discussed during that occasion, and frames them alongside other objects and ideas developed by female practitioners. Alongside it, an active public program presents a variety of formats, focusing on establishing permanent visibility for female practitioners.

© SKD, Foto: David Pinzer
Symposium 'A Woman's Work', 18.01.2019

[Translate to English:] Begleitend dazu

Accompanying, a participatory public programme presents a variety of formats that focus on creating permanent visibility for female practitioners.

[Translate to English:] Impressionen

Perspectives represented in the preview of the exhibition:

Perspectives represented in the preview of the exhibition:

Danah Abdulla, Tulga Beyerle, Pinar Demirdag, Annika Frye, Thomas Geisler, Katrin Greiling, Christoph Knoth, Sarah Owens, Alice Rawsthorn, Antje Stahl und Libby Sellers. 

Mit Beiträgen von: Common Interest (Nina Paim, Corinne Gisel), Depatriarchise Design (Maya Glasel & Anja Neidhard), DAMn Magazine (Siegrid Demyttenaere, Bessaam El-Asmar, Emma Firmin, Gabrielle Kennedy), Kate Dooley, Amelie Klein, Kaja Kusztra, Alexandra Lange, Emma Lucek, Klara Nemeckova, Not a Muse (Silva Baum, Claudia Scheer, Lea Sievertsen), Sumitra Upham, Hagen Verleger. 

Klangstück von Julia E. Dyck, Visuals von AnnerPerrin und Raby-Florence Fofana, Szenografie von AnnerPerrin, Raby-Florence Fofana, Matylda Krzykowski, Videoraum von Pinar Demirdag und Viola Renate von Pinar & Viola produziert von Atilla Turker. 

Foreign Legion

‘Add to the Cake' is curated by Foreign Legion – Vera Sacchetti and Matylda Krzykowski – a globally active curatorial initiative.

[Translate to English:] weitere

Further Exhibitions


im Schloss Pillnitz

gelber Kasten mit vier Füßen
27.04.2019 —03.11.2019

table talks – Tischgespräche

im Schloss Pillnitz


im Residenzschloss

Portrait eines Mannes mit Hut und Vollbart
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