My first exhibition - at the National Animal Rights Conference in L.A. (2011.).
Hello, mr. Paul McCartney's guitar in the background <3
Rambo & Rocky
The badass baby - Nero (2015.)
Buba - the brighest smile in the world
Find out more in an interview I did with Croatia Week.
Croatian Organisation Stop Speciesism launches Center for Active Animal & Nature Protection
Organisation Stop Speciesism (Stop specizmu), after almost five years of activity in animal rights, has improved and expanded its area of activity and will now work both in theory in practice as the Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection…
Stop speciesism, that is, the Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection, will continue to have its headquarters in Zagreb, but will work on a wider aspect of activism.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN – FROM A CHILDHOOD DREAM TO REALITY
For the last few months they have invested a lot of effort, time and work in the planning and organization in order to realize a long-standing wish and desire but also to launch a concrete idea which we think is more than necessary and useful.
The organisation believes that standing for animal rights and the protection of their rights only in theory is not enough.
“For years we have been working on educating about and promoting animal rights through theories and now it’s time to include a practical component. We believe it’s necessary for animals to have more safe places and homes where they will be free and able to live a peaceful life free from exploitation,” Nature Protection founder and coordinator Mariana Vidmar told Croatia Week, before adding.
“We also believe that we need more educational and primary (field) researches (studies) which will provide us with specific information and better insight into the lives and habits of other animals so that we can better understand and thus respect their needs, and convey our theoretical and practical knowledge to current and future generations with the goal of creating a new social paradigm and community which recognizes the rights of animals and the importance of their protection and the protection and conservation of the environment and a sustainable life and development. In the Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection, our theories about animal’s rights to lead a life free of exploitation, with a peaceful coexistence between humans and other animal species come to practice.”
Due to the lack of human coexistence with other species, the Centre believes our separation from nature, and the lack of information and understanding, from an early age we are socially conditioned to believe that other species and nature are just resources for our use.
“In the Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection we think and live on a different principle. We work, live and educate on the principles of equality, freedom, justice, non-violence, and mutual respect and protection between humans, non-humans and nature,”
“When working directly with animals, taking care of the protection and implementation of their rights, spending more time in nature and working on the protection and restoration of the environment and natural habitats of animals, we begin to observe and experience other living beings and the world around us differently.”
Through the website Stop specizmu (www.stop-specizmu.org) and the Facebook page Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection (www.facebook.com/czzzp), you can be informed about the progress of the Center and provide more information about the objectives, vision and the mission of the Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection.
The Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection primarily works as an educational-research center which will conduct a variety of desk and field research methods, as well as observation of animals in the natural habitat, with a strong emphasis on an undisturbed observation that won’t in any way affect their natural way of life, their habits and natural needs.
In collaboration with the experts, the Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection will also conduct various social, scientific and pragmatic researches which will give us first-hand answers to questions about the effective protection and implementation of animal rights, about the protection and conservation of the environment and sustainable development and a better understanding of other animal species with whom we are surrounded.
“Taking into account various scientific, social, environmental and economic factors, we want to get concrete and relevant information about the current state of protection and implementation of animal rights, and effective ways of implementing their protection now and in the future,”
The Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection is also a place where all their theories about the protection of animal rights and nature, and a peaceful co-existence of man, other animals and nature are applied in practice. Because a different world is possible – and it’s not just a theory.
Everyone interested in their work will be able to contribute and/or volunteer in the Center.
This includes everyone interested in learning more about other animal species, working on the preservation and conservation of the environment, conducting desk or field methods of research or participating in the work of the Center in some other way.
In collaboration with the veterinary experts, the Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection will provide a safe place for recovery and rehabilitation, appropriate veterinary care, and a temporary or permanent home for injured or abandoned animals. The Center will promote adoption of animals and the very important segment of personal commitment to the protection and direct activism for abandoned, injured or otherwise endangered animals.
The Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection is located on a private estate near Zagreb, near a forest, river, and a protected area for animals, and extends to almost 1 hectare of land.
“This location was also chosen because we wanted to implement a very important ecological and sustainable aspect in the Center. In the process of construction and planning of all facilities at the Centre, we have consulted with specialists in the area of environmental sciences in order to build the Center on the principles of ecology and sustainability. This includes renewable energy, free flow of water, and an ecological and non-violent land renewal. The aim of the Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection is to create an environmentally sustainable institution and community, which focuses on recycling and the use of renewable materials and prevents environmental pollution,”
The Center will continue to have its headquarters in Zagreb and also operate in the Zagreb county.
The Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection is currently still in the process of construction and renewal. The completion and official start of the Center is scheduled for April 2016.
Till then, you can follow them via the new Facebook site of the Center: www.facebook.com/czzzp
Another essay of mine (this time written as a poem) is published and once again - won an award! Speaking up for animals in a creative way is amazing.
My first essay is already printed in a book called "Why I will always be vegan" (available on Amazon), and all of these essays will be published in a book called "I'm a vegan - one movement, many voices" (also on Amazon).
You can find more info and read all the winning essays here:
"Be Fair to All" - by Mariana Vidmar (ex Cerovečki)
My contribution to the European Photography Contest - "FOODVISION"
The only FAIR way for ALL is vegan.
If you like my message & photo, please vote / share / support :)
Link to the gallery where you can vote: http://supplychainge.org/fotografskinatjecj-hr/galerija/
For a short time I was in a band called "Brainfuckers" and we recorded an original song about animal rights called "The Torture".
You can listen to the song here:
The people from Simorgh.de contacted me for a short interview about vegan intersectionalism.
Vegan Bands: we asked Mariana Cerovečki guitarist of the Brainfuckers about the importance of vegan intersectionalism
Why is intersectional ethical veganism is ‘the way to go’? What’s most important to you in ethical veganism?
We asked: Mariana Cerovečki the guitarist of the Brainfuckers, vegan band from Zagreb, Croatia:
"I think the most important part is to be active in all parts of oppression: veganism, animal rights, human rights. We cannot fight for a better world if we forget about the suffering of humans also. That is why we sing about animal rights but also about human rights (poverty, injustice, LGBTIQ rights, feminism, etc.). We want people to make the connection and fight in every movement where there is oppression and injustice. As for veganism, of course for us the most important part is animal freedom and abolition of animal exploitation, empty cages and nothing less." - Mariana
Review by Mariana Vidmar | Animal Rights Art
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
This was the first thing that came to my mind while reading the graphic novel "The Life and Times of Finnigan T. Flea".
In the very beginning, I found a sentence that was so strong, that made me eager to see where this story would lead.
"If I were a lawyer, and advocate be
And I had to choose between man and bug,
The one that's less harmful is surely the flea".
The sharpness, honesty and dark expressionism starts at the very beginning, the strong words overlap with the sharp lines and dark ambient of the graphic part of the novel.
What I particularly love about the graphics is the asymmetry. I, as a reader, am drawn into the characters, I feel as if I am there with them, not just watching and reading like in most graphic novels, but really living their story. With every new chapter, I am more and more drawn into the darkness, but also more concerned about the outcome as I feel great empathy for the main character. I do believe that everyone who will read this will feel the same.
As the novel progresses, the graphics do change a bit. From the dark expressionism, to a more elegant, but still sharp and honest vision of the story.
And just as we think we know the outcome - back comes the darkness, shocking us, inviting us to not just read, but feel the story.
While reading, I feel as the main character - trapped between self-consciousness and freedom. This journey teaches us more than what is visible at first glance - it teaches us about our own prison of mind, but also about the prison we are in from those who have power over us - or just think they have power? To know the answer, you have to read the whole novel, feel the story, get lost in the darkness and rise like a phoenix with every new adventure that brings us into a new story, a new way of thinking and most importantly - a new way of self-perception.
If you ever stop to think "Why are you comparing me to a flea?", then you are on the right path. You are a flea. I am a flea. All of us are "just fleas". Both human and non-human animals are constant victims of those who have power and use it to exploit the "ordinary", the - fleas.
This novel is much more than just a story about a flea, this is a story about life, about struggle, about freedom, about speaking up and geting active to make a change.
It also teaches us that, although we may have everything we want and need, it can be lost in any second. And if we don't have anything - it can be gained in every second. It all depends on our view and actions towards ourselves, and then towards the world.
I've never seen such strong messages in a graphic novel. I believe this is something everyone should read, not just once, but every time you feel like the world is against you and there is no way out. There is. And this novel will show you that.
The graphics are astonishing, captivating and strong as the message. Not only do you get lost in the brilliant, carefuly chosen words, but also in the magical, dark, everyday world of the main character.
This novel teaches us about struggle, forgiveness, the up's and down's of life, the fight for equality and freedom and at the very end gives a very strong message - but you will have to see that for yourself.
Read this novel. It may shake up your everyday thoughts and I guarantee it will make you think about your own struggles in a whole different way. And remember; we are all fleas."
Please support this project: https://www.facebook.com/baableon
And check out the preview of the novel: http://offleasandfleadom.webcomic.ws/
I love combining art and activism. I love music, and I love bands who raise their voice for animal rights through their songs. Allow me to introduce you to Superbrands - Croatian indie band that made a song which speaks about the seal hunt in Canada.
It's not everyday that we see and hear about such bands, actually, this is the first band in Croatia that made a song like this one. With a song title like "The Hand Strikes Hard", it is obvious that Superbrands have no shame speaking out about the horrors of the Canadian seal hunt, and the lyrics of the song prove that.
"The beautiful landscape, once a place of birth
Now an open-air slaughterhouse of the ruler of all earth
He's swarming the ice floes
Hunting greedily, hooking cold-heartedly
He's peeling their skins off
And the babies cry
Being a fan of bands like Rise Against who are known for their animal rights activism in songs, I was fascinated when I first heard Superbrands, because as I said before, this is the first time and the first band in Croatia that made such a giant step by speaking about animal rights through music. With that said, I was truly happy when Superbrands contacted me to film a music video for "The Hand Strikes Hard". As I love combining various types of art with activism, this was a great project and I loved being a part of it.
Watch the music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVe584fKOGU