Hanging on a string


Tehnoburleska Tatovi podob / Technoburlesque Image Snatchers Foto / Photo: Aleš Rosa

You have probably already noticed in the media that Emanat, together with other reference non-governmental organizations, dropped out of the 4-year program funding at the Ministry of Culture. The expert commission that evaluated the applications believes that we have high referencecs as an organization, but does not attribute originality, creativity and integrity to our program. We do not agree with their decision.

The drop out of the 4-year program financing means greater instability and uncertainty for the institution, and above all difficult planning. Such a change drastically affects the operation of the institute both within the organization and in cooperation with partners in Slovenia and abroad and reduces the possibility of competing in international tenders. For artists with whom we regularly collaborate, such a change means deepening precarization and interrupting development.

As CNVOS, and the Association, as well as other organizations and artists from various fields of art have been pointing out for several years, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia does not solve the problems it faces in a strategic and long-term way. On the one hand, it is an increasingly rich field, both qualitatively and quantitatively, which is the pulse of social and cultural life at home and abroad. The fact that the field is developing and growing should not be a problem for MIK, but proof and confirmation that the field it represents in the state organization is alive.

It is clear from the recent moves of the MIK that NGOs do not take the sector as serious partners in shaping the cultural landscape, but see their task primarily in reducing, inhibiting, bureaucratizing, ignoring and punishing the sector. The Ministry does not enter into a dialogue with actors in the field of culture, but merely fulfills its legal obligations.

For the time being, we are still studying possible further steps and at the same time keeping all regular activities alive.