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SALONA, 2011 - 2014                                                                     reference to the text     

Art platform conducted by Ana Gizdic, the President of POWERPROGRESSIVEART was situated in an ancient Roman town COLONIA MARTIA IULIA VALERIA SALONA FELIX by courtesy of the Archaeological Museum in Split and The House of Culture Zvonimir during the period 2011 - 2014. It evolved around the rich cultural heritage of the ancient Roman Empire capital of the Dalmatia province.

Through this platform, we've managed to produce international and expert assemblies. Also, we've managed to show the importance of art in the everyday process - a significance of progressive ideas in both, their creation and active generation of public awareness of one's own cultural heritage through art production, exhibitions, performances and happenings, lectures, partnerships, and cooperation. 

Many of our conducted and accomplished ideas inspired cities, municipalities, counties, tourist boards, developing agencies, entrepreneurial centers, local administrative, associations, individuals, etc. to implement our artistic and intellectual products in their work. especially in the touristic offer of Solin, Split, and The Split-Dalmatia County in general.

Roman Roads in Illyria

Mr Zeljko Miletic's lecture at the Amphitheatre in Salona in 2013. 

photo: Ana Gizdic


Artefacts                                                                                          reference to the text 



Since the year 2013 Salona platform is formally a part of a larger project – Roman road powered by POWERPROGRESSIVEART. We have presented this project in the lecture: From Salona to Narona by Ana Gizdic at the County Professional Congress of the professors of Fine Arts at Klovicevi dvori in Zagreb (April 10th, 2014), afterwards by Marija Srsen at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Mostar and continued with lectures at the expert assembly on the Artefacts. POWERPROGRESSIVEART and students from three Academies of Fine Arts have created a representative graphics exhibition at the Amphitheatre in Salona, making these graphics, created on the graphics workshop - an applied product - the purple signalling for marking the Roman road posts, military camps, and the road stations according to the Tabula Peutingeriana. Thus Salona2014, ie Artefacts had been held as a sub-activity of a denoted project. The time frame for these events carrying into action was August 5th - 12th, 2014. 

The lino-graphics made by the students and Graphics professors from the Academies of Fine Arts in Split, Zagreb and Siroki Brijeg were an artistic re-creation of representative archaeological artefacts found at the specific localities from the ancient Salona to the ancient Narona. The creations of the exhibition of the lino-graphics presented at the Amphitheatre in Salona are, at final, the purple monument signalling, an idea and an art product created by POWERP ROGRESSIVE A RT - intended for the municipalities and the cities along the existing Roman road to mark the Roman Road posts, military camps, and the road stations according to Dolabella's roads system from the year 18 (Ist ct.) and, of course, the ancient map of the Roman roads system - Tabula Peutingeriana. Thus, the route from Salona to Narona is a part of a greater Roman road which starts in Aquileia and ends at Dyrrachium (Epidamnus). The purple ribbon with depictions of representative archaeological artefacts is a direct mean for raising awareness of an archaeological site and a cultural monument at a specific site of the Roman road. The purple signalling was also intended to carry the names of partners and sponsors of the project.

Art platform Salona2014 engaged students from Split, Zagreb, Siroki Brijeg led by professor Antonija Gudelj (Academy of Fine Arts, Siroki Brijeg, University of Mostar), and included the graphics of professor Drazen Brkic (School of textile, design and applied arts - Osijek).

The Assembly engaged experts and experts in practice: ph. D. Dino Demicheli (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb), Ljubomir Gudelj (The Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments in Split), dr. sc. Professor Zeljko Miletic (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zadar), mag. hist. art. Ivan Matijevic (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Split) and Ana Gizdic, the President of POWERPROGRESSIVEART. The series of lectures of denoted experts explained the ancient Roman life and customs in Roman provinces. As on previous Salona platforms, these lectures were free of charge and intended for interested publicity, tourists, archaeologists, restorations, conservers, historians, art historians, artists, and students.

Artifacts @ Amphitheatre

The exhibition at the Amphitheatre in Salona.

Photo: Jakov Teklic

Bacchanalia V @ Amphitheatre

Bacchanalia V at the Amphitheatre in Salona.

Photo: Jakov Teklic

Artefacts were conducted in collaboration with the Archaeological Museum in Split, The Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments in Split, the Academies of Fine Arts in Split, Siroki Brijeg and Zagreb and The House of Culture Zvonimir and the donations of Agrofructus d. o. o. and IGEPA PLANA paper, The Split-Dalmatia County (Administrative department for culture, education, and sports) and the City of Solin.

The assembly was produced and financed exclusively by the POWERPROGRESSIVEART's funds and human resources and with courtesy of the House of Culture Zvonimir.


Ave Imperator, morituri te salutant!                                               reference to the text 



Salona2013 was held from July 27th till August 11th, 2013. 

It was the formal beginning of the Roman Road project and consisted of two parts: the art colony and lectures, both powered by POWERPROGRESSIVEART. Due to the events that occurred during the Roman Road project conducting, we have removed the sculptures in collaboration with the municipalities and the city administration, truck drivers and motor-clubs in 2015 and in part, displayed them at RITUS CELEBRANDI exhibition.

The art colony time frame was July 27th - August 5th and the assembly time frame was August 8th - 11th, 2013.

The public lectures held at Salona's Amphitheatre were presented by experts and experts in practice in the fields of archaeology, art history, and museum pedagogy. Assembly carried out at Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant! was held for the second year in a row on the Salona platform powered by POWERPROGRESSIVEART. These lectures were public and free of charge, intended for archaeologists, restorations, historians, art historians, artists, tourists, local people and, in fact for people from all walks of life who showed an interest. Participating experts and lecturers were: ph. D. Professor Anne Kolb (University of Zurich, Historisches Seminar), ph. D. Dino Demicheli (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb), Gorana Barisic Bacelic, mag. hist. art (The Split City Museum) and dr. sc. Professor Zeljko Miletic (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zadar),

The second part was the sculpture colony. Thus, our platform, Salona2013 was in part dislocated to Dubrovnik littoral at the Visocani quarry. POWERPROGRESSIVEART called for artists from Croatia, Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia for making Roman emperors stone portraits.

The portraits of the emperors were planted on the pillars, the milestones (up to 180 cm high and 40 cm in diameter). Therefore, the sculptures were made as a direct reference to the Roman memorial milestones placed on the Roman roads made to honor the emperors' glory, carrying inscriptions with the exact distances between places expressed in Roman miles. After ten days of the art-work, the portraits were transported from the Visocani quarry to Salona's Amphitheatre for the closing exhibition and an opening ceremony - Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant! on August the 8th, 2013. 

In December 2013 the sculptures were planted at eight locations, former Roman towns, settlements and military camps along the Roman road from ancient Salona to ancient Narona.

The art colony in Visocani and the production of sculptures were held in collaboration with the Administrative Department for the entrepreneurship, tourism and the sea of the City of Dubrovnik, PGM Ragusa, and Kamen Vrlic.

Sculpture colony at Visocani Quarry

Ms Renata Bujic at the sculpture colony at Visocani Quarry.

Photo: Marija Srsen

Ave Imperator, morituri te salutant!_edi

Ms Anne Kolb lecture at the Amphitheatre in Salona.

Photo: Ana Gizdic

The exhibition at the Salona Amphitheatre was held in collaboration with the Archaeological Museum in Split and The House of Culture Zvonimir and the donations of PGM Ragusa and Kamen Vrlic, Agrofructus d. o. o., The Split-Dalmatia County (Administrative department for culture, education, and sports) and the City of Solin.

The assembly held at the Salona Amphitheater was produced and financed exclusively by the funds and human resources of  POWERPROGRESSIVEART and with courtesy of the Archaeological Museum in Split.

Multiculturalism                       reference to the text 


Multiculturalism @ Oppidum Civium Romanorum

This Art Platform was the ground position for conducting the Roman Road project. We have had several happenings and performances with which we have gathered a rather big auditorium. The time frame for these events was July 23rd - August 1st, 2012.

One of the important moments in the historical review of the growth of Salona is – multiculturalism. The beginning of this particular multiculturalism grew from bloodshed and xenophobia to transform itself into the next level of social change. The utopian ideal of multiculturalism containing the peace and solidarity pith, to some extent, becomes reality. That idea provides the acceptance of an individual inside a certain civium considering gender, nationality, religious beliefs, etc. As a tourist, one will always be recognized in a domain of a specific habitat. A tourist does not stay, doesn't endanger working places, does not change community customs, does not involve in political matters. A tourist is a – lurker, a person who is not active in the habitus that (s)he’s in, as such is a completely accepted segment of a certain social array. By self-presence, a tourist can distract everyday processes but gives leverage to space, happening and cultural heritage. 

So, how to produce a touristic ambient which will create bands of multiculturalism in situ or ex situ – a global companionship? How to create a field of constant global or at least continental interest? Within this spirit, we intend to work in the future. A series of historic events made abundant soil to explore tourism.

This year platform is actively involved in the problem of public awareness of cultural monuments merit and its preservation through the artistic interpretation of participati-

Multiculturalism@Oppidum Civium Romanorum

The opening of the performative part of the Multiculturalism exhibition at Manastirine (Salona archaeological site)

photo: Drazen Brkic


POWERPROGRESSIVEART's tribute (and a present) to MC Streetrunners for their contribution to the Roman Road project powered by POWERPROGRESSIVEART, photo: Ana Gizdic

-ng artists by a happening: Take a piece of my heart, an art-action of apparelling the Amphitheatre into the drawings of the Amphitheatre (from the text of the funds' application to the City of Solin): "The participating artists outline parts of the Amphitheatre as it is and apparel it with these drawings. This happening should awake the fact that by least removing or damaging cultural monuments is destroying the world's cultural heritage. We anticipate the drawings will be torn apart during the Platform." As it shows, it did happen at first, but the guests of the Salona Amphitheatre joined our action. This action proved that the least endeavour to protect the historical and cultural heritage is rewarded. It is one of the solutions to the problem of public awareness of cultural monuments' merit and its preservation through artistic interpretation. 

Further, it was our great honour to host dr. sc. Enes Quien, Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb and mag. hist. art Gorana Barisic Bacelic from The Split City Museum as the first lecturers of POWERPROGRESSIVEART's platforms and projects.  These lectures took place at the cinema hall of The House of Culture Zvonimir by courtesy of Mr Spiro Zizic, the Director.

Next happening, Bacchanalia I, an elaborated and divinely protected art product by POWERPROGRESSIVEART: Ana Gizdic, Marija Srsen, Zdenka Gizdic and Elvira Smoje was conceived here and later revised through many and various art displays. 

Another activity which attracted a great and large audience was performance The Metamorphosis of Compassion and Pain by Ivona Biocic Mandic with POWERPROGRESSIVEART. The elaboration and the invitation to our guests: Suncica Foundation, the foundation for the women raped in the Croatian War of Independence, to the threatened workers of Jadrankamen, Brodosplit, Adriakem, Visocani and the

Multiculturalism@Oppidum Civium Romanorum

Marija Srsen, Ana Gizdic, Zdenka Gizdic and Elvira Smoje: Bacchanalia I at the Amphitheatre in Salona.

Photo: Jakov Teklic

very organization of this performance were conducted by POWERPROGRESSIVEART. The other guests were MC Streetrunners who also contributed as their public work is involved in charity work for uninhabited children and disabled children.

The Angel on the Grave by Dijana Iva Sesartic was a personal homage to her husband who died during this Art Platform: "This small happening managed by the assistance of my study colleagues, a homage to my husband looks just like an obverse to "2001: A Space Odyssey" movie. There are two accentuated moments: prehistoric Africa - anthropomorphic apes find black monolith. Inspired by it they use bones as weapons and tools for the first time; the year 2001 - after deactivating HAL 9000, Bowman, last survivor of the "Discovery One" crew, finds himself in a room with this exact monolith. He grows up in the room when monolith turns him into a supreme being - a Starchild - a Starchild which returns to the Earth orbit.  Tumuli of one of the oldest Early Christian graveyard in Europe withdraw a certain timeline suggesting apprehension of timeless death and the other side (...) Through the (grave) monolith aperture everybody enters and leaves. Let it be the one resolution that ambiguously wriggles and sublime all questions of similar historical sites and art conversations around it."

Participating artists: Jakša Babic, Ivona Biocic Mandic, Drazen Brkic, Nikola Faller, Ana Gizdic, Dejan Kljun, Mario Pitesa, Dijana Iva Sesartic, Marija Srsen, Jakov Teklic and Marina Vukman.

The exhibition at the Salona Amphitheater was held in collaboration with the Archaeological Museum in Split and The House of Culture Zvonimir and the donations of  PGM Ragusa, Petrokamen d. o. o.,  The City of Solin, Agrofructus d. o. o., MARKAM G, Marasovic Masonry and Jadrankamen d. d.

The assembly held at the the House of Culture Zvonimir was produced and financed exclusively by the funds and human resources of  POWERPROGRESSIVEART.


The Column                                                                                      reference to the text 



The main idea for creating this project and starting platform Salona in the first place was to establish a platform of several co-working interconnected art platforms, workshops and art festivals led by different artists (with the working title - ART NETWORK). Therefore it was necessary that spaces, where the art is going to be performed, have authentic energy. So, Salona, the art platform created by Ana Gizdic and Marija Srsen is a part of the sunny Mediterranean Old World and cradle of Civilization – the Ancient City of Salona. Inside the walls of old Salona, in a specific ambient of the ancient Roman city so happened integration of the present and past, the contemporary and the traditional. The selected theme was the Column. The art performed at Salona raised the level of column cultivation as an architectural and sculptural form, antique – Greek form (Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, later Composite, then Tuscan column), column as a pillar of society, a pillar of fire, from pillar to post and all other forms of syntactic shapes where imagination knows no boundaries.

It was meant to provide stable, tranquil energy and repute the upgrade on a foundation of a perennially perspective archaeological site that needed adequate attention and the permanent maintenance of the state and local authorities.

Salona2011 was conducted by Ana Gizdic and Marija Srsen and carried out with their financial support. This art colony and the exhibition itself were conducted with the courtesy of the Archaeological Museum in Split and were part of Solin Culture Summer conducted by The House of Culture Zvonimir.

The time frame of Salona2011 was July 25th - August 1st, 2011. 

Awekening to the cultural heritage

Drazen Brkic: Carytids 1, 2, 3, 4 at the Amphitheatre in Salona.

Participating artists: Drazen Brkic, Nena Brkic, Nina Brkic, Marina Djira, Ana Gizdic, Dejan Kljun, Petra Kovacic, Alma Selmanovic, Marija Srsen, Ivan Tokic, Mate Turic.

Salona2011 was conducted by Ana Gizdic and Marija Srsen and carried out with their financial support. This art colony and the exhibition itself were conducted with the courtesy of the dr. sc. Zrinka Buljevic, the Director of the Archaeological Museum in Split and was part of Solin Culture Summer conducted by The House of Culture Zvonimir. The donators were: MARKAM G and  Tvrdic Honey

Gizdić, Ana. Sršen, Marija. Art Platform Salona. The Column, Multiculturalism @ Oppidum civium Romanorum, Ave Imperator, morituri te salutant! and the Artfacts. POWERPROGRESSIVEART. 2011 - 2014.

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