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Mobile MasterPeace with Fatma Korkut from Istanbul, Turkey

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We are delighted to publish our fifth Mobile MasterPeace Interview, Fatma Korkut is a talented and passionate mobile photographer and artist from Istanbul, Turkey. As I mentioned in our intimate interview with Korkut and it applies here too, (see here), ‘this is an interview that resonated with me, not that there were many parallels with my own life and experiences but I couldn’t help but wishing that there were…’ Enjoy!

To view our previous Mobile MasterPeace interviews with Alexis Rotella M. Cecilia Sao ThiagoSarah Bichachi Lynette Sheppard please go here.

All images ©Fatma Korkut

If you could choose to keep only one work of your own art, what would it be and why?

If I had to choose only one work, I would choose ‘The Chess Game’ because it is my first work. When I created The Chess Game, I was questioning myself a lot. It is also very valuable for me because it is my first digital work. I made a reference to Marcel Duchamp in my above-mentioned work. I want to update it using today’s technology.

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Is there a cultural experience that changed your perspective of your vision of the world today?

There is not one cultural experience that changed my point of view but I can clearly state that the accumulation of many things has changed the perspective of my vision.For instance, traveling…. I believe that traveling has broadened my horizon. I have met many people during my travels. Many people mean many existences, many stories. Those people have taught me that there have been many different and/or similar lives and experiences in the world.Besides, the exhibitions I went, the museums I visited, the songs I listened to, the books I read…. Thanks to all of them, I gained new viewpoints.

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Whose and what artwork most challenged your way of thinking?

Feminist artists such as Cindy Sharman, Frida Kahlo, Tracy Emin, Barbara Crugger, Marina Abranomovic have impressed me because they, all, have questioned and destroyed the codes that male power used in order to limit women. These highly creative female artists changed the rules.
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Which artist do you admire and return to the most?

I have always been impressed by the works that created a certain atmosphere. I find the artists such as Caravaggio and Vermeer who created timeless works very impressive and I think Bruce Weber and Nan Goldin are very successful in terms of offering life suggestions at the present time.

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Who do you believe is the most overrated artist and by association, who do you think is the most underrated?

Art is very subjective. Everybody likes different artists; everybody has different artistic tastes so it is not possible to say that one artist is overrated or underrated.

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Do you agree that mobile art and mobile photography brings peace and if so, why/how?

I believe it brings peace because art is the most important value that makes a human a human. Since a human is a social existence, the artwork produced by him/her will be a social product.Art is, quintessentially, peaceful because art has always been concerned with human beings and about the things related with human beings. The main necessity of organizing, managing/directing, and changing/transforming life is knowledge, consciousness and action. The best way to express it is producing art using visual codes.Art connects people. Unity in pleasure turns into unity in souls. This unity expands by going beyond the national borders and becomes universal. Art leads us by scrutinizing the birth, death, war and peace which are the fact of life. The history of art and literature is full of examples that clearly demonstrate the attitude of the artists/ authors against oppression, cruelty and war. For example, Uccello’s war compositions, Diego Velázquez’s The Surrender of Breda, Goya’s The Third Of May, Picasso’s Guernica are the works that describe the pain and fragmentation of war. Art’s changing people may be an exaggerated expectation but it cannot be denied that art changes some people for sure. The people whose perspectives were changed by art do have the power to change the society they live in.

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When you create mobile art do you feel at peace, if so, can you describe your emotions?

I don’t see myself just a mobile artist. I am an artist. The mediums serving my thoughts may change from time to time. Sometimes I use a simple pencil and a paper, sometimes I create a video, sometimes I create an oil painting or sometimes I use mobile applications. First, I have a thought in my head and then I need to visualize it. I want to say a word and all I can do is using the visual codes. I feel extremely peaceful if I manage to express myself. Fundamentally, all artists want the same thing.

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It is well regarded that female artists are disadvantaged as the traditional art market is determined by men – do you agree and why? or vice versa.

The masculine power that holds all the forces of the system has always used those powers for men’s own benefits. Women who involved in art had no names throughout the centuries. Ernst Gombrich does not include a single female artist in his book called ‘The Story of Art’ and this is one of the most concrete examples of women’s being ignored in art history. In that book, we see that, women were not shown as subjects but only as objects in history of art.

Women are currently much more involved in making art, they are engaged with the art in every possible way, they are stronger and willing to tell their stories by using different fields of art but unfortunately the market is still dominated by men and female artists still face many challenges; nevertheless, I am very hopeful and optimistic. In the future I am sure there will be more and more female artists, collectors, businesswomen in art market and so there will be balance.

The masculine power that holds all the forces of the system has always used those powers for men’s own benefits. Women who involved in art had no names throughout the centuries. Ernst Gombrich does not include a single female artist in his book called ‘The Story of Art’ and this is one of the most concrete examples of women’s being ignored in art history. In that book, we see that, women were not shown as subjects but only as objects in history of art.

Women are currently much more involved in making art, they are engaged with the art in every possible way, they are stronger and willing to tell their stories by using different fields of art but unfortunately the market is still dominated by men and female artists still face many challenges; nevertheless, I am very hopeful and optimistic. In the future I am sure there will be more and more female artists, collectors, businesswomen in art market and so there will be balance.

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Female artists today need encouragement to rise up the ranks, how would you encourage more women to embrace mobile photography and art?

Modern-day art has been performed with conceptual elements and various media. Nowadays mobile applications have simplified the art. Anybody can create art using some applications. It is a great comfort but this easiness may bring along negligence. In this case, my suggestion is that female artists should realize this and reveal their own personalities and they had better create their own languages. I mean, when a word is said it must be said with an aesthetic, and a visual perspective. Female artists should be brave. They ought to gain inspiration by watching movies, reading a lot, listening to music, visiting many museums and art galleries but first and foremost, they should be genuine and hardworking. They should keep on creating more and more.

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How do you think, can mobile photography and art help save the planet in respect of climate change?

From my point of view climate change is the most important problem of the world right now. I think art can at least draw attention to this issue because good art that is highly persuasive has a great power on people. In this context, I am confident that art can say what is necessary. I would like to give one example which drew attention to global warming. Italian sculptor Lorenzo Quinn created an amazing work called ‘Support’ for the 57th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Two huge hands emerging from the Grand Canal to protect and support the historic building of the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel was the scream of the artist. It was a call to action. Cities like Venice face and will keep on facing many problems due to rising sea levels. Quinn showed that human beings are destructive but on the other hand they are creative and they have enough power to make a chance and re-balance the world. Above all there is still hope to save the planet.

Mobile artists also will have great impact on showing the negative effects of global warming because mobile artists can reach many people easily thanks to social media. There are no national or language barriers for mobile art. An artwork can go viral and can catch maybe millions of people’s attention and help to raise the awareness of public.

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Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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