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Mobile MasterPeace with Sarah Bichachi from Connecticut, United States

We are delighted to publish our third Mobile MasterPeace Interview, as mentioned in our Sunday Showcase, 26 January 2020. Sarah Bichachi is a talented and passionate mobile photographer and artist. As I mentioned in our intimate interview with Bichachi, (see here), her work encompasses art, love, nature, health and politics. It is a true meditation on the power art has to transform our lives. Enjoy!

To view our previous Mobile MasterPeace interviews with Alexis Rotella M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, please go here.

All images ©Sarah Bichachi

‘Mind’s Eye.
I leave the hole to your imagination…’

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

Migrating from a third world country (Philippines) to a country where its diversity defines its morphology (America) has truly enhanced my awareness of globalization… and the realization that certain ideologies such as politics and nationalism cannot provide real solutions to the problems of a civilization that is rapidly evolving with science and technology.

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Whose and what artwork most challenged your way of thinking?

First it is the ‘what’ of an artwork that moves me before I go to the ‘who’. But I can’t deny surrealism blows me away. Two of my favorites are Salvador Dali and Naoto Hatori. Their works, for me, exemplify the creativity and genius of the human mind… simplifying the complexity and vastness of imagination into one image of awe and making visible the unseen realities that exists in their world of ideas. Truly amazing!

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‘She is smoking pot!’

Which artist do you admire and return to the most?

I don’t have one particular favorite because I love almost all artists… old and new. I think it is my mood that drives me to devour and enjoy one particular artwork at certain times. Just like my choice of music, I go to the genre that suits my mood in that moment.

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‘Sometimes unbearable pain send flashes of memory from the past life… as if wanting to be resolved in the present… when it should be forgotten.’

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

I think artists should be accepted for what they are as artists in their respective eras. Rating an artist is relative to external factors revolving around him, his exposure, influence, connections and his audience in his time. I am more inclined to appreciate the effect of an artwork on my senses rather than the artist’s rating.

“Oh no! …. so what happens next?”

Do you agree that mobile art and mobile photography brings peace?

Absolutely! Those moments of epiphany brought about by the merging of art and technology stimulates a distinct feel of awe to both the artist and his audience. Distinct feel because both mobile art and photography are not confined to a canvas and pigments. And both can generate a wider, if not limitless variety of presentation and expression because of the integration of technology into this art form. I believe that when the heart is full of rapt, the mind is at peace.

When you create mobile art do you feel at peace?

Yes. To immerse one’s mind in a digital matrix of dreams … make a reality virtual and watch the outcome unfold before your eyes whisks away the mundane. My world suddenly becomes an exciting adventure of shapes and colors!

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

Although remnants of the medieval male superiority complex still roam, women of the 21st century have gone a long way to empower themselves with skills that equally rival that of men. And we will continue to do so in the future.

I listen to the pulse of Earth
Smell the soothing comfort of her fragrant breath
As I lay my weary mind to rest
Immersed in the essence flowing from her breast’

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

There are so many ways to motivate female artists. But for me, the first and foremost would be education through events by mobile art communities. Events will connect and unite female artists, increase their exposure, and give the support needed to maximize their creativity.

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.Missing Coco…’

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

Mobile phones contain components of Augmented Reality. It creates immersive mixed reality experience to its users, blending the digital world with the real world and enhancing one’s perception of reality. The immersive nature of Augmented Reality is a strong tool to learning and communication as it offers perceptually enriched experiences thus creating interaction. Combined with art, what could be the best conduit we have to saving our planet than that mobile phone right in the palm of our hands?

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Contact Details for Sarah Bichachi

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Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— 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 - 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: [email protected]

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