Non Governmental Organization

  • Planting Partnerships



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         04 -07 Novenber 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Novi Sad, Serbia


    Culture&Energy NGO is invited to participate in the conference Planting Partnerships , which will be hold in Novi Sad, Serbia , between 4 and 7th November 2018


    Novi Sad is preparing intensively for the European Capital of Culture in 2021. Under the title "Plants AiR" a new artist in residence program has been already launched that should be developed continuously.

    Especially the collaboration and the knowledge sharing with AIR-programmes and organizations along the Danube (in the Danube region) should be pushed systematically. During the development the organizer of the event - Novi Sad 2021 Foundation would like to focus on best practices and European models to design "Plants AiR" in an optimal way both on the conceptual and the practical level.

    Foundation expects the planing Danube AiR session of the conference to be an intensive workshop looking for answers to concrete questions and discussing them with selected experienced AiR-partners from the region (DE, AT, SK, HU, RO, RS, BG). Therefore, a detailed programme and a catalogue with topics and questions will be prepared far ahead. As a result is intended edition of an AiR guideline for further programme development.




  • “The Hammock  and  the  song-lines  – L’Amaca  e  le  vie  dei  canti”

    Workshop day, event and exhibition

     Maria Chiara Calvani, artist

    Resident in 2017


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       12 -13 May  2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Boris Hristov Bulgarian Institute, Rome, Italy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cultural House of Straklevo village, Bulgaria

    Village community in Bulgaria


     The Exhibition:

    A photographic story: an installation of photographic documentation (in form of a book) that tells about  the  relations with Straklevo’s community during  the  time of  the  Maria Calvani's artistic  residence. A story about her meetings  with the inhabitants of Straklevo and its landscapes.

    The Hammock:

    Will be installed in the Bulgarian Institute park. The project  she made during the C&E residency, was to continue an ongoing artistic process based on the realization of an hammock with the contribute of inhabitant, particularly involving the community of the village. Maria  traveled around  Italy, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Romania, Macedonia and Turkey, meeting people from those places, learning different approach and techniques and collecting thread of rope to use for knit. The experience of knitting, coincided with the experience of listening people singing ancient songs from their culture during their domestic practices.

    A film (duration 60 min.) titled: “My home your home”, made with the collaboration of Straklevo’s inhabitants. This video will be projected inside the Bulgarian Institute.

  • Spain (from) Outside

    Prof. John Howard  - photography

    Plamen Yordanov - painting, photo collage

    Hristiyana Stomonyakova - curator


                                                                                                                                                                                                                         15  January - 10 February 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mane  Art Center,  Fuerteventura,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Canary Islands, Spain





     In this exhibition, two international artists meditate on aspects of Spanish culture and environment from their distinctive vantage point as outsiders.

    Bulgarian painter Plamen Yordanov takes the surreal landscapes of Canary Islands  as a starting point for reflection on theirs  geopolitical position as both peripheral to mainland Spain (España peninsular) and absolutely central to its maritime imperial and natural histories. Over the course of repeated residencies, he has crafted a unique vision of cultural comparison, and exploration.


    British-American photographer John Howard, based in Valencia, illuminates surreptitious cultures of cruising (zonas cruising) to probe climatic advantages encouraging outdoor sex, nudism, and the eroticization of landscape. Shot on recognized holy days, at locations across Spain, the images are offered as praise for the unorthodox, a blessing on the lapsed, and an affirmation of alternative practices over established traditions.


    Working from outside-in, approaching Spanish cultures and climes with respectful attentiveness, these two artists complicate dichotomies of mainstream and margin, hinterland and capital, byway and intersection, as they insist upon more complicated reckonings with power and fringes.