[Image: Akira the Hustler "Tools of Hope: Zero Tolerance for Intolerance" (2018), acrylic on canvas, 221x158 cm "Tools of Hope: Don’t Tell Lies" (2018) acrylic on canvas 222x159 cm]
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“Be There” is a group exhibition featuring artworks that connote socio-political messages. The title is a slogan used to encourage people to participate in demonstrations and other political and social activities. Kiri Dalena focuses on political activities in the Philippines. Yuken Teruya deals with geopolitical problems in Okinawa – the artist’s native land. Akira the Hustler raises his voice on discrimination against minorities, while Yoshiko Shimada brings the problem of Japanese comfort women to light, criticizing Japanese society for refusing to recognize the crimes. By visualizing into various media and forms of artworks, Nobuaki Takekawa inspires the audience to recognize recent problems of Japanese politics. Both the topics and the artists’ chosen methods of expression are varied while still being socio-politically focused.