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First Person: Artist Shinpei Takeda Explores ‘Fobias’ In Latest Exhibit

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The "Fobia" exhibit at San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery.

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Photo by Brooke Ruth

Shinpei Takeda is pictured in the Mesa College Art Gallery, April 5, 2017.

Shinpei Takeda is an artist, filmmaker, and a founder of the AjA project, a San Diego-based nonprofit.

In his latest exhibit Takeda explores phobias. The exhibit is titled "Fobia," which is the Spanish word for phobia and is a more general term, Takeda said.

Takeda interviewed 30 people about their phobias to create the exhibit. He had each participant write down part of the name of the phobia and then enlarged it and used it to carve out the phobia name on wood blocks that he later used to make prints.

"It was nice to listen to different peoples stories and of course their resiliency in overcoming these things or trying to face it and their imaginations in how much they actually think about these things that they are afraid of. I'm starting to think the things we are afraid of we are actually obsessed with in some way," Takeda said.

The exhibit is on display at the San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery through Thursday.

As part of our First Person series, Takeda tells us about exploring phobias in his latest exhibit.

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Photo credit: Courtesy of San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery

The "Fobia" exhibit at San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery.

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Photo credit: Courtesy of San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery

The "Fobia" exhibit at San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery.

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