The Assembly of Friendship

Exchange between Azeri and German women artists to strengthen female positions in art

The mentoring program for cultural workers and NGO members from Azerbaijan and Germany addresses the topics of women in the arts and their interaction with (civil) society. The informal networks Məclisi-Üns and SALOON will be linked through a residency with symposium in Dresden in September 2022 and a study-visit in Baku in December 2022. Workshops with students, field trips, online encounters, and mail art will take place concurrently.

Involved artists

Closing exhibition in Baku

16.12.2022 14.01.2023

Closing exhibition “Make Yourself at Home”

Ta(r)dino 6 Gallery
Kichik Gala 58, Baku, Aserbaidschan

19:00 – 21:00

Opening of the exhibition

Participating artists engage in conversations with the visitors by inviting to reflect on topics such as hospitality and how to define home. Artists study how culture and traditions shape our idea of hospitality. They question how welcoming are we and how much welcomed are we in the new places.

Events in Dresden

The Assembly of Friendship is an international exchange of SALOON Dresden with Məclisi-Üns, the first and currently only art collective in the country of Azerbaijan. Invited by Kultur Aktiv e.V. and in cooperation with Ta(R)dino 6, artists and curators meet in an extensive residency program with the aim of exploring commonalities and initiating projects beyond the boundaries of their respective networks.

At objekt klein a we want to discuss and share experiences on topics such as the visibility of women in art and the influence of artistic creation on civil society. In addition to exciting keynote speeches on “political artivism” and artist talks, the focus will be on getting to know each other culturally and networking.


Opening of the exhibition

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Meschwitzstraße 9, 01099 Dresden

19:00 – 21:00

Opening of the exhibition

Film & Talk with Asli Samadova: The Success Story of Remaining Invisible. Two Truth and a Lie – experimental short documentary about contemporary art in Azerbaijan


Symposium – day 1

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Meschwitzstraße 9, 01099 Dresden

Registration is requested

10:00 – 12:00

Breakfast Meetup and guided tour of the exhibition

12:00 – 14:00

Janine Mackenroth – „I Love Women In Art“

* 1989 in Munich, Germany

Janine Mackenroth’s work of art deals with equality and sustainability. The material of biosourced nail polish describes a cycle of works from 2015 on until today, that can also be understood as a commentary on a still male-dominated (art) world. Since 2018 she investigates the human smell producing scent installations. Her current sculptures feature materials such as shredded EURO banknotes from the Deutsche Bundesbank. Since 2022 she produces her own biosourced nail polish, that she also uses on her paintings and are available at her current ‘BABYLONIAN GAZE’ tour through Europe. Mackenroth turns icons, changes their form and function, and processes them into components of a new and if possible better and more sustainable world.

Mackenroth’s works can be seen in museums, galleries and collections, including the Museum für Brot und Kunst in Ulm in summer of 2022, the NAILS projectroom in Düsseldorf or the collection of the Deutscher Bundestag.

In 2020 together with Bianca Kennedy she co-published “I Love Women in Art” about 100 artworks by women artists in Germany, on the 100th anniversary of women at German art academies. Since 2021, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection, Mackenroth has been working on a feasibility test of her innovation for sustainable art materials. In 2022 the artist started working with 100 % biosourced paint from potatoes in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute in Potsdam.

Janine Mackenroth is a member of the SALOON Berlin.

14:00 – 16:00

Victoria Hilsberg – How to NFT: exploring a new intersection of art and technology

Victoria Hilsberg is a researcher and writer based in Leipzig. She has studied economics, cultural studies and art history and worked as a gallery manager for several years. Her current field of study is the intersection of art, technology and business with a focus on NFTs.

16:00 – 18:00

Britta Adler: Psychological aspects on why success in the artworld is harder for underprivileged groups & Neurological Techniques for Change

After receiving her psychology diploma (= masters) with honors Britta taught classes at the Phillips University Marburg, Germany before she changed into the artistic field. After a few years as a professional dancer, she joined the 5-membered artist collective “Artists Anonymous” with whom she experienced a fast rise in the art market. They exhibited internationally at museums and biennales and their work was bought by renowned collectors like Deutsche Bank, Zabludowitz, Rubell etc.. Since 2010 she creates large scale installations and multimedia works with the artist Duo GODsDOGs and curates big group exhibitions as a freelance curator. Britta is part of the jury for the AIV Schinkel Preis (Fachsparte Freie Kunst) and founded Artist.Evolver – teaching artists the psychology behind their art business. From 2019 to 2022 Britta completed a coaching education and helps mostly female artists as well as executives in different industries to become more successful in their field.  Britta Adler is a member of the SALOON Berlin.


Symposium – day 2

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Meschwitzstraße 9, 01099 Dresden

Registration is requested

10:00 – 13:00


internal for members of Məclisi-Üns

14:00 – 16:00

Azad Asifovich – Raison d’état and artivism: art as a political statement

16:00 – 18:00

Artist Talk – Art in public spaces and the impact on civil society

David Adam
David Adam was born in 1970 in Dresden in the former GDR. In his early photographic works, he documents the pre-transition events from the midst of social upheaval, not infrequently exposing himself to the risk of state violence. After the fall of the Wall, he completed his art studies in the capital of Saxony and initially turned his back on it. The ambivalent relationship to the city of his birth finally prompted him to return.

With the appearance of the resentment movement Pegida in 2014, he turns to the most direct of all art forms. With actions in public space, he comments on the social upheavals and traces of the new right, humorously and at the same time uncompromisingly. As the art figure Dada Vadim he thematizes the role of the artist as the “man of pain” of society.

Janina Santamarina
“There are many naked women on the streets of Hamburg. They have very nice figures, they are very decorative, very sexy and obedient. When I see them I wonder: Aren´t they tired of dancing naked all day? Don´t they feel cold? Isn´t it boring just being beautiful and naked? What is bothering me the most is that they aren´t even naked. All six that I have „cooperated“ with have sex chracteristics of a Barbie dolls: Big tits, big butt, no Vulva. I‘m asking myself: didn´t male sculptors know about the anatomy? Or did they just ignore it, because it was considered dirty, complicated or not appropriate? Not even a little stroke of labias is visible. If you dont have genitals, can you be naked?

I´m questioning the view of male german sculptors and also the practice of male politicians in buying these sculptures and putting them in public places. WHY?”

Janina Santamarina is a member of the SALOON Hamburg.

Sunny Pfalzer
Sunny Pfalzer is a performance artist, a Surfer Boy, a Go-Go-Girl and a Slug. They love to cuddle on the street. Whether they perform on stage, sew textile sculptures, hold a camera, or choreograph for public spaces, their approach is always bodily and felt. Through protest methodologies, poetry and pop culture, Sunny depicts how body language can construct statements. Facilitating workshops and collaborating is an integral part of Sunny’s processes. Work ethics and friendship underlie Sunny’s practice. Recent presentations include, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Germany, Kunsthalle Wien, Shedhalle and Les Urbaines, Switzerland.

Sunny Pfalzer is a member of the SALOON Berlin.

Maren Marzilger
Maren Marzilger is a gallerist and freelance editor living in Dresden since 2011. She studied Art History, French and German Literature at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and worked for a publishing house in Vietnam. After having worked for different galleries of contemporary art in Berlin and Dresden and a social cultural center in Dresden she is now the Managing Director at Kunstverein Meißen. Besides she writes articles, curates exhibitions and represents artists at international fairs. Together with Ursula Susanne Buchart she founded the SALOON Dresden in 2019.

Closing party

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Meschwitzstraße 9, 01099 Dresden

Registration is requested

18:00 – 19:00

Joint dinner

19:00 – 22:00

Closing party




SALOON is a network for women in the art scene. In addition to curators and artists,
it includes journalists as well as women working in galleries, museums and
universities. The aim of the network is to strengthen the visibility of female
protagonists in the art scene and to initiate new projects, exhibitions or other forms of
cooperation. SALOON was founded in 2012. The network currently exists e. g. in
Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Paris, Prague and Dresden.



We are an all-female collective of artists, poets and art workers who are united around a theme of self-identity
and self-representation and aim to practice inclusion, solidarity and equality despite coming from hierarchical
and male-dominated traditional culture where contemporary art still has to find its audience and patrons.
Our focus is on commissioning new work and sustaining in-depth, idea based projects that support meaningful
investigation and expression of Məclisi-Üns diverse cultural values.


Ta(r)dino 6 Art Plattform

Baku, Aserbaidschan

Ta(r)dino 6 Art Plattform is a Baku-born self-organised art initiative with international
outreach that recently registered as an NGO. The organisation supports the
discourse on Azerbaijani contemporary art within international context, with a special
focus on gender, identity and equality in the art world. It is the only initiative from
Azerbaijan that is a member of several international and regional professional
associations – Culture & Creativity Association, Res Artis Worldwide Network of Art
Residencies, and an associate member of Trans Europe Halles network.

The Assembly of Friendship
Məclisi Üns

Mentorenprogramm für Kulturschaffende und NGO-Mitglieder aus Aserbaidschan und Deutschland zur Stärkung weiblicher Positionen in der Kunst- und Kulturszene.


Maren Marzilger (Projektleitung)

Ta(r)dino 6 Art Plattform (Baku, Aserbaidschan)
Məclisi-Üns (Aserbaidschan)
SALOON-Netzwerk (Europa)

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