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Mobile Photography and Art Interview – Hope In Adversity Interview with Ile Mont from Mexico City

Today, we are publishing our tenth interview in our new series, Hope in Adversity. One that’s based around art, artists and isolation during the midst of Covid-19. This interview is with award winning mobile artist Ile Mont from Mexico City. There is a special sort of clear-eyed humility to this interview, quiet, unflinching and honest. Enjoy!

To read others in this series of interviews with Jill Lian, Vicki Cooper, Gerry Coe, Sarah Bichachi, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Phyllis Shenny, Alisa Smith Williams, Joy Barry and Susan Latty, please follow this link

If you are social distancing or social isolating at this time, are you using any additional time you may have to create mobile digital art or photography?

Absolutely. I believe that, even if this world is not going to be the same after this crisis, we must continue to honor our virtues and creative disciplines always, since they provide us with a safe and known place to stick to and dwell.

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If so, have you noticed the style of art that you’re creating changing from what you would normally create?

Somehow. The frame of mind is completely different. 

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If yes, to the above, can you explain how your art has changed?

I would like to believe that maybe my art has changed in essence and intention. Maybe it is time for art to be reconsidered and reevaluated too. Maybe it is time to make art a little serious again, to realize that art is a language of the soul for the soul, not just a pretty little thing to stick in a wall; time to reconsider the essential nature of art, and its social importance or lack of it too.

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Have you found additional inspiration to create at this time?

Not really. Maybe I am very aware and conscious that what is most needed now are values like serenity, compassion, empathy, and would be willing to express something to soothe someone else’s anxiety. But maybe that is too pretentious of me. My main inspiration now is more basic, more selfish, and it is about salvation, survival, about putting myself somewhere that makes me feel safe to endure until all this is over.

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Is creating mobile digital art/photography, helping you at this time especially, how and why?

It has been so hard now to find the inspiration and time, but still I cling to it, even if nothing good comes to share, I stick to it for the reasons I told you before: sanity, continuity and most important, hope.

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Do you feel that sharing mobile art/photography at this time is spreading a unity of peace?

I do not think so. It seems an arrogant thought for me since there are so many priorities and more important things to attend than that. I think compasssion, empathy, patience are far more better things to share right now.

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Anything else you would personally like to add?

I really think this is a crucial moment for human history, for us to right our wrongs. I still want to believe that there are far more good, conscious, generous, wise rather than bad, greedy and selfish people. It’s time to show up, to reconsider our doings and get back to a path of well being for our home, our communities, our countries and our planet

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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]