Mia David, architect, scene designer and curator, works in the field of visual art, scene design and management in culture. She founded and was a chef editor of magazine Kvart, as well as one of the founders of non-government organisation Blokovi. Mia is an author of numerous derived projects from the fields of architecture, design, scenography and art. She also wrote and published few texts for different magazines and newspapers.
Mirko Ilic is a world known designer and illustrator, originating from Balkan. He is a former art director for international edition of Time magazine, as well as creative director of Op-Ed station of New York Times. He is co-author of the books like Genius Moves: 100 Icons of Graphic Design, Hand Written with Steven Heller and Design of Dissent with Milton Glaser, as well as of the recently published book Anatomy of Design in association with Steven Heller. His work has won numerous awards and are now a part of permanent setting of museums such as MOMA and Smithsonian. He teaches postgraduate students design and illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Ivan Tasovac is a pianist and general manager of Belgrade philharmonic orchestra and an ex minister of culture and information of Republic of Serbia. In recognition of his contribution to culture in Serbia as the leader of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, he was invited to the debate Culture and Development, held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in June 2013, as one of the key speakers. Mr.Tasovac launched the Zubin Mehta Belgrade Philharmonic Foundation in 2004, which is considered as the pioneer and the main promoter of the model for financing culture based on public-private cooperation in Serbia.
Rober Coban, President of the company “Color Press Group”, the biggest publishing house in all ex-Yugoslavia, with 78 editions. He finished Faculty of Law, Novi Sad University in 1988 and became senior undergraduate in 1993. After that he worked as a correspondent from Novi Sad for the Belgrade newspaper “Večernje novosti”, Zagreb newspaper “Arena” and Sarajevo newspaper “Naši dani” (1990-1991). Editor-in-chief of the student magazine “Index” and of the independent magazine “Nezavisni index” (1992).
Honorary member of the jury H.E. Julia Feeney, is an ambassador and a supporter of engaged art, H.E. finds this topic to be a very important element for protection of human rights:
“The Australian Embassy is very pleased to support Heartefact in its efforts to promote the observance and protection of human rights for all, especially marginalised groups. We agree that only through work of civil society wider audiences can be reached, and individuals can be mobilised in the nation-wide fight against violence.Tolerance is a fundamental part of any democratic society and is vital for human rights in general. Tolerant societies can cope with any diversity, cultural, different attitudes to life, thinking, religion, work, sexual orientation to name a few. All modern countries are striving to create societies that are welcoming and accepting of differences. The fear of difference and its unknown potential has always had a corrosive effect on community relations. By addressing the difference strategically we build more inclusive societies with tolerance and respect for all. We strongly support the idea of using creativity to initiate social change and recognise the talent and potential of .young Serbian designers and graphic artists in fighting prejudices, stereotypes and discrimination of vulnerable social groups. We look forward to seeing their innovative ideas and messages to highlight these issues to the general population. Creating a brand, a visual symbol, which is to be worn in sign of solidarity and rising awareness of the need to fight violence is a creative and effective strategy. Wearing this new symbol is thus to carry an important message, a message of friendship towards the most vulnerable groups in Serbia. Australia is a tolerant, young and successful multicultural country but all countries need to remain vigilant to ensure tolerance is enshrined. Building tolerant societies does not happen overnight. It takes time and effort to change people’s attitudes and behaviour to accept differences and having equal treatment for all.”
You can send your work in vector format on our email tolerancija [AT] heartefact.org until 31.08.2017 and show us your creative approach to the trademark of tolerance.