On the Edge of Peskarija: October Exhibition Brings Life Back to Split City Center

Daniela Rogulj

Pero Ugarković
Pero Ugarković

Pero Ugarković

October 8, 2020 – The small Split fish restaurant PiNKU fish & wine is organizing a series of outdoor photo and illustration exhibitions entitled ‘On the Edge of Peskarija.’ The exhibition space is located in the north-eastern part of the Split fish market facade, and the idea is for the exhibition to be shown to all passers-by and visitors, every day from October 9 to 30, 2020.

“The intention is to promote the city of Split’s cultural scene and to revive cultural events in the open space in the city center. Given the new global and local situation, in recent years when the city center would be quite empty and deserted in winter, this event is a kind of revival of interesting and important city locations, and the desire to turn them into a gallery for a short period,” said the organizer Frane Delic.

The Split fish market position and its importance to the people, along with the already defined and interesting gastronomic ensemble on Obrov Street, close the circle of the positive ambiance of a city micro-location. The project will feature works by three Split photographers and illustrators – Pero Ugarkovic, Fedja Klaric, and Mile Modic. Each exhibition will be set for a week, and the first this Friday at 8 pm. Each exhibition opening on Friday will be accompanied by a DJ selection of Split musicians.

“The somewhat easygoing concept that PiNKU promotes through its gastronomic story, accompanied by the works of the mentioned artists that we have not been able to see in such an edition so far, defines the name of this event which takes place literally on the ‘edge’ of the Split fish market, or ‘Peskarija,'” Delic concluded.

Thus, this Friday, October 9, the first exhibition is by Pero Ugarkovic, titled ‘Crabs of the Adriatic’, will begin at 8 pm. The music is selected by Branko Dragicevic a.k.a. Fog Valentino Frog Boskovic Dog.


Pero Ugarkovic, a passionate underwater lover, is the author of many texts on marine topics, the editor of the popular Facebook page podvodni.hr, a collaborator and co-author of various scientific articles, and a persistent promoter of science.

Since birth, he has been observing the marine world, emphasizing behavioral and population ecology and the systematics of the Adriatic fauna. Relatively recently, with the help of enthusiastic friends, he became additionally interested in malacology (the science of mollusks), which prompted him to document and photograph beautiful and interesting creatures living near us.

This photographic exhibition of images of crabs also resulted from that.

He devotedly searched for all the photographed samples from the shallows of the Split beaches to great depths, and after photographing them, he returned them to the sea carefully and unharmed.

So far, he has photographed more than 100 different mollusks, worms, and crabs … some of them are new to the Adriatic Sea and science in general.

Contrary to many opinions, the Adriatic Sea is very rich in marine life. What most of our citizens know are large and commercially important species, when in fact, the true number of smaller species of many classes of animals is not known to us, and we probably won’t know for a long time what all lives in our sea.

Projects like this are one way to explore the coast that will improve our knowledge and overall Croatian biology. The exhibition aims to introduce visitors to the fascinating sea creatures that live next to us – our fellow citizens.

Source: Dalmatinki Portal, Facebook event

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