‘No puedes comer todo el pastel en 6 días!’
Un acto de exposición / An act of exhibition

Produced and curated by Katharina Cameron, Marco Antonio Canseco, Viktor Díaz, Nele Faust, Fátima Díaz García, Lisa Ertel, Laura Juárez, Sophie Lichtenberg, Alfonso Morales, Marlene Oeken, Sonja Rogova, Sara Maria Rojas, Anja Ruschival, Bruno G. Salinas Vasquez, Carlo Siegfried, Ezequiel Ruiz Teran, Anne Tönsmann, Carlos Vasquez and Maxim Weirich

‘No puedes comer todo el pastel en 6 días’ is the result of a co-operation between ten students from the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe, Germany and nine architects, designers and artists from Oaxaca, Mexico who took part in a ten-day workshop at CASA. The workshop was conducted by the designer Manuel Raeder (Berlin, Mexico D.F.), the designers BLESS (Paris, Berlin) and the curator Anja Dorn (Cologne). The workshop aimed at realising an exhibition of daily-life-objects or objects fabricated locally that lack authorship and belong to a common vocabulary of things. It questioned how to narrate their history through the exhibition display and how to open new interpretations. CASA generously made it possible to get to know local ceramics-, smith- and stone-cast-masters and their techniques, but also to visit museums, exhibitions and local markets in Oaxaca and surrounding and to discuss their ways of installations.

‘No puedes comer todo el pastel en 6 días!’ will explore ways of exhibiting objects. It is an event that was developed by the participants in a collective process. Leaving the white cube as a classical exhibition space it will take place in an outdoor situation. It is an experiment with variable forms of displays, offering diverse ways of regarding everyday objects and suggesting different kinds of use. The participants’ questions about how to approach a foreign culture through its material culture, how to position oneself towards them and which significance they can have within their own culture evoked the title ‘No puedes comer todo el pastel en 6 días.’

For the generous support of the exhibition we would like to thank Francisco Toledo, Lourdes Báez, Alelí Hernández, Sara Lopez Ellitsgaard, César Espinoza and Centro das Artes San Augustín, Etla and all the craftsmen, curators and friends who gave us an insight into their work in Oaxaca and Mexico City, especially Claudio Jerónimo López Cedillo and Javier García García who worked closely with the students on some of the exhibition objects, as well as Peter Sloterdijk, Kathrin Schwalb, Volker Albus, Heike Schuppelius und Uwe Bodirsky of the University of Design Karlsruhe.