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Photos: Marija Srsen and Ana Gizdic

Duration of the production of the artwork: 7 days                                                                                                                                                         reference to the text 

 

In the following text, you can read artists' stories on their artworks.

  • Stolen by Ivona Biocic Mandic

Although my stone sculptures are tactile and engaged to sensitize the art public in the tactile perception, this installation is a part of a story about a stone that was stolen on the way in becoming a sculpture. The untreated bihacyt,  temporarily set as a caption stone on the main stairs window with an inscription „Don't touch!“ and with my signature, should have been, by ready-made strategy, set in front of the Narona Archaeological Museum and displayed as my most radical sculpture – “Adventure of a stone“. I decided to follow a starting concept by observing the actions that I don't have any effect on, a context related to the activity itself. During the preparations for transporting the sculpture to the exhibition – the stone disappeared, from a “secure” space in the building where we placed it with the purpose of keeping it safe. Although all the neighbours had seen it, nobody knew where it was. The stone disappeared in a range of 12 hours. I did not explore the disappearance of the sculpture nor report it to the police.

  • The Web by Ana Gizdic

The installation consists of 5 km of plastic threads that form spider webs. The web diameters are 30m and 120m. They cover the main road, the space of the Museum facility and several surrounding houses.

The author of The Web, Ana Gizdic, an inspiration to artists, first of all, then cities, counties, tourist boards,  entrepreneurs, agencies, institutions, and individuals who are or aren't in touch with her art, culture, education and spirit engagement takes an opportunity to call upon all mentioned and those who are inadvertently forgotten to engage in an effort for the general benefit. This call is addressed a priori to the artist who is self-centered and turned to personal advantage in a country where art endures. This call is addressed to the city and tourist board, to the individuals who do the same by stealing and downloading ideas verbatim for which they don't know how to develop any further and by doing so - lower the value of original input impact. By doing so the set point of divergence creates lower value singularity in comparison with starting value, that is - the initial idea. Since the described activity has become a lifestyle in our wonderful, abundant country and beautiful world in which we exist, further repercussions are - inhuman. These are lawsuits, disputes, and vile communication. In the end, many creative and courageous visionaries waste their energy on trivialities being employed on several fronts and give up some if not numerous positive moves.

Consequently, The Web has been created. It grids power-progressive visionaries: artists, entrepreneurs, institutions representatives and individuals, associations, trades, agencies, ministries and states who are and will ennoble society and the world within their framework. It is - the Powerweb! "This is you calling Wayseer. You found your tribe. Welcome home."*

*"Wayseer Manifesto", Garret John LoPorto, Messenger of the "From the future", videos series

  • Time by Georgette Yvette Ponte

The sculpture shows female breasts in three age phases: the breasts of a girl, the breasts of a woman and the breasts of an elderly female. Through Time as a topic I conduct my artistic preoccupation – I have found my statuary expression in the nudes tending to present the human body as it is, naturally beautiful. Without the aberration from the cognizable creation I tested different materials, and I resided myself the most in stone, I'm tending to keep the creative urge in the traditional crafts. I want the sculptures to impress viewers with their sensuality and melancholy. By the refined and unobtrusive expression, I create a sculpture that stops time in three life phases reminding us of what was and what is going to come in the average human life, as Horace has said: "Omnes una manet nox."  (The same night awaits us all.)

  • Unnamed by Livia Maricic

  • Sun clock by Marija Srsen

The installation is constructed out of three pieces of Visocani stone which I found at "Luje - Stijena" d. o. o. I placed a great imposing stone hand between two other stones that formed a square basis. The installation is a simple construction of a simple apparatus, the sun clock. This apparatus shows the exact time. In this form, this sun clock worked for seven solar days. During these seven days I could have measured how much time I had invested into particular activity with these three pieces of stone: how much time I invest in people close to me, how much time I invest in watching my own aging, eating, breathing, sleeping, socializing, staring at nothing...

After the closing of the exhibition, the installation was uninstalled.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          You may also check about Narona >>  

 

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Photos: Marija Srsen

Duration of the production of the artwork: 7 days                                                                                                                                                         reference to the text 

In the following short text, you can read artists' impressions on their artworks.

  • Time Fragments by Marija Cupic Senta

According to Silva Kacic's thesis that an artist creates a work while the audience transforms it into an artwork – this installation changes depending on the participation of the observer who can take active control over his/her experience. The observer can move it, transpose it... and actually create a new art piece. The meaning of the installation title Time Fragments is defined by its context – the installation settings are positioned within an Antique display environment. Thus the artwork directly points to a necessity of the cultural heritage preservation as well as the abetment of further exploration of the Neretva area's cultural riches.

  • METALCAMP by Ana Gizdic

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  • Hunger by Josko Klaric

The status and the title battles designate our existence. With this work, I'm questioning the crave for success (and its purpose), the continuing aspiration of climbing a hierarchy to the general self-recognition in the society or in the social hierarchy. This work is really a satire, a personal parody on the secret societies which induce fear (by using the occult). Instead of an eye as a symbol of one of those societies, on the very top of this unfinished pyramid, I put a man. From his perspective, he sees everything and does not find the significance. In the end - only fear of death remains. ​

  • The Path to the Common People by Ante Leko

... is an idea of social development, a reminder to oneself of the root distance from the harmony of quality living. By altering rough and smooth textures I suggest an overview of the complexity and beauty of social development. Thus, I designate this sculpture as a social sculpture offering an opportunity to a spectator to take agora as a place of social interaction, a place to revolve and evolve ideas, a place where differences regardless of its surface and form designate one - coexistence.

  • 40 kilos of Tangerine aka Bacchanalia IV by Marija Srsen

One of the characteristics of the agora in general, in the Neretva Delta particularly, is - trade. Tangerine trade, extremely popular and autochthonous product of this area, is in the swing this time of year. With 40 kilos of Tangerine, I mark the Archaeological Museum as the most important place in the Neretva Delta. This Bacchanalia is also free of charge, definitely fresh and somewhat revised recipe.                                                                                                                 

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Photos: Ana Gizdic and Marija Srsen

Duration of the production of the artwork: 7 days                                                                                                                                                       reference to the text 

 

With this exhibition, we have applied Francois-Schneider Foundation competition. The text below is a list of artists' texts on their artworks.

  • Gifts to the water - fish/leaf/trupa: the rhythm of paddling by Nikola Faller

This performance was conducted twice. The first time, Nikola Faller performed it with the help of Martin Boras. During the exhibition opening, Marija Srsen conducted the performance in absentia, again with the help of Martin Boras. 

One of the shapes realized in this artwork is a sculpture, constructivist in character and made out of cane brushes presenting an abstract shape of a Chinese ideograph – 'Rhythm of paddling'. This shape is situated at 'tratun' (wooden post used to tie boats) in the middle of the river. 'Fish/leaf/trupa' defines shape inspired by a specific motif, a kind of the  Neretva region boat named 'trupa' whose hydrodynamics is transferred through a  site-specific material – a cane – the dominant moor plant of the Neretva valley. (As a land artist I am focused on working with a material that is characteristic to a certain countryside). Various fruits can be installed in 'trupa' as gifts to the river, silvers kindled to be released down the river. 'The Gifts to the Water' is a performance of gratitude to the water. 

  • Energy - Mobile, Perpetuum mobile, Perpetuum by Ana Gizdic 

The installation constitutes of three glass shapes that represent three phrases of energy: Mobile is an installation made of glass and Newton's cradle, a device which demonstrates the conservation of momentum and energy; Perpetuum mobile is a glass box which contains, inscribed on the sides of the box, the three laws of perpetual motion; Perpetuum is a glass box that captures perpetual, a Universe enveloping the Earth - the air that we breathe, the water in the air, the motion that we perceive as a condensation - dew, raindrops, and snowflakes.

This is a display of three energies – the possible, one that is, the probable, one that may be, and the elusive one, that always changes.

  • The Catcher - Tears of the Gods by Ana Gizdic

The installation is made of plastic threads bound in one spot on one side and spaced onto a wavy line on another side. The threads are capturing the drops of rain and dew. Water is constantly changing, flowing, disappearing (again – it's raining!). Water instability offers a short time to enjoy such cosmic fruits.

King Arthur asked his teacher Merlin to determine the paramount virtue. "All right then, the truth." Merlin said "It must be the truth, above all. When a man lies he murders part of the world. (...) It is a lonely life, the way of the necromancer... Lacrimae Mundi – the tears of the world."* Installation paraphrases Merlin's thoughts – art-making can be lonely as a process of showing the common truth. Eppur si muove! The aesthetic experience of one accumulates through the aesthetic experiences of many. Thus a drop can be a river, and a river can be – the sea.

  • Viscosity by Ana Gizdic

The installation is a creative interpretation of viscosity. It is known that viscosity is one of the physical attributes of the water - a resistance of a fluid to change in shape, or movement of neighbouring portions relative to one another. Viscosity also denotes opposition to flow and is reciprocal to the fluidity, a measure of the ease of flow**. The glass floor set on the Roman mosaic serves as a barrier to overcome the friction between the layers of fluid (rain, for example) that exist now and layers of the artwork created in the past. Small sculptures of dragonflies arranged on the glass are means of motion freeze. So, how do we meet silent ancestors?

  • The Wave by Marija Srsen

No wave's the same. By listening to waves you can listen to your own breathing. You can harmonize your own breathing to the rhythm of the waves. Thus, every wave gives you the opportunity to transcend. You are, in fact – a wave.   

*from Excalibur, a film by  John Boorman

** definition from Encyclopedia Britannicahttps://www.britannica.com/science/viscosity                                                                

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Photos: Ana Gizdic and Marija Srsen

Duration of the production of the artwork: 10 days                                                                                                                                                        reference to the text 

 

The idea for The Birds exhibition was to awaken the sleeping valley of Neretva by using its brunt of natural resources for which the Neretva Delta is considered to be a reserve of the world importance – a story of a bird. Led by the symbolism of the bird's many manifestations we've created a new collection. A bird is a reference, sculptures – a part of the Ornithology Collection

The Ornithology Collection became the Natural History Museum in 2015 thus the artworks are now part of a permanent exhibition in the Museum and that collection is NATURA HEREDITAS

Participating artists were: Drazen Brkic, Marina Djira, Nikola Faller, Ana Filipovic, Ana Gizdic, Dejan Kljun, Nediljka Penović, Alma Selmanovic, Marija Srsen. The artworks that are privately owned are: Under Construction 1 (Kavkaz) by Ana Gizdic, The Beak by Dejan Kljun, The Time-bird by Nedijka Penovic, A Wing by Marija Srsen. These artworks: The Heron and The Great Cormo by Nikola Faller, The Emerging by Ana Filipovic Utovac and The wings by Alma Selmanovic - were restored every year but eventually collapsed due to the challenging materials that they were built from - the cane and straw; cached paper and - clay. The last display of these sculptures happened in 2015 during the first NATURA HEREDITAS. About The reminiscence of wings by Marina Djira: the artist's idea was for the installation to be exposed to the weather conditions and not to be brought inside or repaired; it was, after all, the reminiscence of wings. The sculptures that were not good in the art performance anymore to compete with the other NATURA HEREDITAS artworks are in the archives of the Museum: Bird 1 (exercise 1) and Bird 2 (exercise 2) by Marina Djira and The Chicken or the Egg (exercise)  by Alma Selmanovic                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                          You may also check about Narona >>

 

You may also check Salona galleries  >>

Biočić Mandić, Ivona. Čupić Senta, Marija. Faller, Nikola. Gizdić, Ana. Klarić, Joško. Leko, Ante. Ponte, Georgette Y. Sršen, Marija. Artists' on the artworks. Narona Galleries. Art and Education Platform Narona. POWERPROGRESSIVEART. 2011 - 2014.

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