Exhibition Finds Stories: Addressing Mobility through People and Object Biographies in Archaeological Museum in Zagreb


Finds Stories: Addressing Mobility through People and Object Biographies

12 April – 27 May 2023
Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, 1st floor

Exhibition opening 12 April 7 pm

Working hours
Tuesday - Wednesday, Friday 12 - 4 pm
Thursday 12 - 6 pm
Saturday 10 - 2 pm
free admission

Due to the ongoing renovation of the Museum, the permanent exhibition is currently unavailable.


The Finds Stories: Addressing Mobility through People and Object Biographies project traces the impact of mobility in the societies of Southeastern Europe over the past 7000 years through people and object biographies.

As we move, and we are becoming mobile, whether to go to themarket or to immigrate to a foreign country, we also move our bodies through space and time. During this movement, we interact with countless objects that have different values for us. These movements and interactions leave traces on the objects, but also on our bones, which archaeologists can trace through scientific and object biographical approaches. The Finds Stories project explores the marks that mobilities leave and tells narrative of movement and the impact it has on societies and people.

The Finds Stories: Addressing Mobility through People and Object Biographies exhibition, as a part of the project, explores different mobilities in different historical periods and landscapes. From the short range cyclical movement of pastorals to the long range trade and exchange networks of classical antiquity and the modern sports world. The variety of objects presented here is intended to show how complicated these mobilities are and how a person can be involved in different types of mobility throughout his or her life.

The exhibition is also a small journey through time and space. You will travel from a cave on the remote island of Lastovo, where evidence of trade and exchange from the Neolithic and Copper Age to the Hellenistic and Roman periods has been discovered, to the Iron Age settlement of Segestica and the later Roman city of Siscia, where you will explore trade and mobility in the late phase of the Roman Empire. Then the journey continues east to the plain of Baranja, where you will get acquainted with the Germanic populations of Late Antiquity. After Baranja, the journey will take you south to Greece, where you will visit Kythera, an island that experienced large waves of migration to Australia in the 20th century and also an influx of migrants from Albania in the 1990s. You will then travel north to Greek Macedonia, where you will learn about the biographies of objects from the pastoral groups that move seasonally from the lowlands to the highlands. The final stop on your journey is the city of Thessaloniki, where you can explore objects that show contemporary sports mobilities and exchange networks in the Balkans and beyond.

The exhibition is designed to integrate the material, biological and artistic stories of mobility in a dialectical way. As you 'visit' a place on this journey, think about the movements you make and the objects you use. Can you see how they affect you and the people around you?


Autors of the exhibition: Ivan Drnić, Konstantinos Prokopios Trimmis, Kristina Brkić Drnić

Exhibition layout: Slađana Latinović, Ivan Drnić, Kristina Brkić Drnić

Graphic design: Sreten Škrinjarić

Expert associates: Željka Bedić, Anita Dugonjić, Christianne Fernée, Konstantina Kalogirou, Konstantza Kapsali, Zoe Katsilerou, Christina Marini, Maria Marinou, Melina Perdikopoulou, Valentina Soumintoub, Eleftheria Theodoroudi, Lita Tzortzopoulou Gregory, Vlasta Vyroubal

Artwork: Simon Bogojević Narath, Konstantza Kapsali, Zoe Katsilerou, Maria Marinou

Photographs: Ivan Drnić, Christianne Fernée, Igor Krajcar, Christina Marini, Konstantinos Prokopios Trimmis, Valentina Soumintoub, Josip Zorić, YMCA Basketball Museum Thessaloniki archive

Maps and digital reconstructions: Konstantinos Prokopios Trimmis, Pavle Dugonjić, Marin Mađerić

Ilustrations: Miljenka Galić

English translation: Kristina Brkić Drnić

Croatian translation: Ana Đukić, Kristina Brkić Drnić

Conservation and restauration: Vedran Mesarić, Slađana Latinović

Technical realization of the exhibition: Ivan Fakleš, Borna Heim, Vedran Mesarić, Ivan Troha, Robert Vazdar

Marketing and public relations: Davorka Maračić

Educational program: Zorica Babić

The exhibits on display were lent by: Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, Sisak Municipal Museum, YMCA Basketball Museum Thessaloniki, Muzejsko-memorijalni centar Dražen Petrović, Association of Samarineans of Larissa and Suburbs "Saint Paraskevi", Vassilis Trimmis family, Tzortzopoulou family

Funding made posible by: European Union, Erasmus+ Key Action 2

Exhibition is part of the Erasmus + Key Action 2 Finds Stories project – Project PI Dr Konstantinos Trimmis, project co-Is Dr ChristianneFernée, Dr Konstantina Kalogirou, Dr Ivan Drnić, Dr Lita Tzortzopoulou Gregory, EleftheriaTheodoroudi



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