Fabric with a Big Drawing from the Big Apple
NYFA Current・Aliens in New York art project
・One Stop Family Pop Up
Social practice art project
Rica Takashima’s short profile as a Manga artist
In 1995, Rica started drawing the semi-autobiographical Manga portraying everyday lives of lesbians, in Japan’s premier lesbian magazine at that time. She struggled with her sexuality since her young age, but there were no movies/novels with themed positive lesbian stories even in 1980s. Her questions towards traditional Japanese patriarchal family values and discrimination against LGBT motivated her to start to draw conceptual Manga to public. Her project Manga book was published in 2003 and 2012 in English and Japanese, and Italian version in 2011. After she immigrated to the US with her family in 2008, she collaborates her work with Pride March, NewFEST LGBT film festival, and other diverse organizations.She also created illustrations of We Can Do It! series, which encourages women in diversity. She sells cards, pins, tote, etc. with illustrations of diverse girls such as Afro girl, Hispanic girl, Hijab girl, FtM, Asian girl, and Braid girl.