Monday, July 24, 2017

New Project!

Up-Stand x Rica
Christine Serdjenian Yearwood and Rica Takashima

We are a group of mothers –We bring attention to the accommodations that pregnant women and families need in order to make New York City more family-friendly and accessible. Working together, we can draw attention to this cause, increase awareness about our movements, and provide practical follow-up information and materials to support pregnant women and families.

If you are interested in our project, please feel free to contact us!

Our activity has three parts:
Interactive art show,
Free workshop, and
Provision of practical follow-up information and materials.

A family-friendly interactive art show using a Peekaboo-sculpture and a wearable-sculpture.

 A free fun workshop of making a pin to show support for pregnant women and new moms lead by artists.

We provide practical follow-up information and materials including accessibility signs, pregnancy passes and pins at our information table/booth.

・Sunday, June 11th, 10am-12pm
Part of Mompreneurs’ Summer Show & Tell
Astoria Park, Queens

・Sunday, August 20th, 12-4pm
Part of Boogie On The Boulevard
165th Street and Grand Concourse, The Bronx.
Supported by BxArts Factory and Bronx Museum.

・Harvest Festival, October TBA
Randall’s Island Park, New York

・Socrates Sculpture Park, LIC, TBA

Rica’s story:
The reason I am doing this is because when I was pregnant years ago, I experienced many things that I had never imagined before. My sense of taste became sensitive and I could clearly differentiate between organic and non-organic vegetables and other produce. I cooked more at home.
My sense of smell had become sensitive as well. I was concerned about the smell of detergents and bleach. I started to use natural, safe detergents such as baking soda and soap. I was concerned about the bad smell of pollution in urban cities and got used to spending time in the park and the suburbs. After giving birth, I lost the this sensitivity and returned to the way my senses had been before pregnancy, but since that time I began to think about recycling, organic foods, and the environment more seriously. I started to tell my story t people, and wish people think about pregnant women, babies and our better communities.
Rica’s website:

Christine’s story:
Since giving birth and starting the UP-STAND movement, I have listened to countless pregnancy horror stories about a lack of accommodations and inaccessible spaces - Trying to find a store that would offer a restroom, health complications from being expected to perform dangerous work, standing too long with circulation issues, carrying something too heavy, fainting from exhaustion or motion sickness, and being shoved in line or onto crowded trains. 
Pregnancy can change a woman’s body in extreme ways: Fatigue, nausea, backaches and headaches, dizziness, a shifting center of gravity and imbalance, carpal tunnel syndrome and a poor grip, leg cramps and blurry vision. Many women experience these health complications starting before pregnancy is visible and lasting through labor and delivery.
Many people are also unaware of these typical changes, and are even less aware of the serious complications women can experience during pregnancy. New York treats pregnancy as something that may be accommodated as a courtesy, but has almost zero institutional, practical support to make public spaces and transportation accessible. Our movement encourages people and places to provide family-friendly accommodations as policy whenever possible.
Christine’s website:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Aliens in New York, art project

Thanks for visiting my blog!
To read the past posts of the art project, please use the search box on the top of the page 
and put “Aliens in New York”

The bst way to know more details, please visit here, the interview by NYFA Current August 2015.

I also have FLOW15. blog here. please enjoy!

Rica Takashima
takasimarica at hotmail dot com

Cherry Blossom Festival at Randall’sIsland Park, and WOW Festival at Apollo Theater


I will show four-six Peekaboo-kuns related to Japanese Culture.
On the same day same place, you can also enjoy exploring FLOW17 outdoor art show that I participated two years ago.
You will enjoy whole beautiful spring day at Randall’s Island Park. 

Saturday May 6th, 12-4pm
Fields 62 & 63

Other Activities:
    Face painting
    Kite flying
    Peekaboo photo sculptures by Rica Takashima
    Crafts, games and more

Live Performances:
    J.D. Patch Band (12pm – 4pm)
    Taiko Aiko Kai Drumming (12:30pm & 2:30pm)
    Junko Fisher Okinawan Dance Company (1:30pm)
    Taisan Tanaka Calligraphy (2:30pm)

 I will show and sell my "We Can Do It!" goods at 
Please drop by at Women in Comics tables.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Borderless: In Perspective

My old photo piece is part in a group art show.
Borderless: In PerspectiveLiTE-HAUS Galerie+ Projecraum, Berlin, Germany 

This photograph is from the very first art project “Order Made Family” that I hold in 1995.

Here is a description about the photo.

Nikki’s Family: Order Made Family, Peekaboo art project
Photograph 1995

Due to my questions that many Japanese people still persist an idea of patriarchal stereotype family, I held Order Made Family, a participatory public art project, on the street in Tokyo. The project asked passersby to define the word family. Would it involve living together, or being related to each other by blood, financial ties, or emotional bonds? Each participant chose from a list of possible individuals of who would embody their ideal family picture. These individuals neither had to be parallel to their actual family make-up, nor did the artwork have to visually match the label or identity of that family member. Then they had to pick Peekaboo-sculptures to present each of the individuals they had selected. 

Now, numbering over 100, these life-sized Peekaboo-sculptures include various ages, races, and nationalities. The Peekaboo-sculpture selected didn’t have to reflect the actual age, sex, race, or nationality, or even animated creature state of that family member who, in turn, already may not mirror the participant’s actual family make-up. After each Peekaboo-sculpture had been picked, it was labeled to identify who that sculpture represents in the family. I asked other passersby to help sticking their faces through the Peekaboo-sculptures to take their virtual family pictures.  Commemorative photographs that match the numbers of participants were taken with instant camera, and the photograph was given to each participant as a souvenir.

Resulting family portraits included members who were multinational, same-sex, cohabitating friends, and even aliens in addition to more traditional combinations, all of were borderless and explored modern interpretations of the definition of family.  

This Nikki’s family photograph is one from about 800 family portraits that taken at Order Made Family during 1994-2000 in Harajuku, Shinjuku, and Kouenji in Tokyo, Japan.