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Ginger Brooks Takahashi

A belief in the power of collective action to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles is

central to the work of Ginger Brooks Takahashi. Inspired by her early encounters with DIY punk

culture and its relatively small-scale, self-sustaining lifestyle, Brooks Takahashi organizes new,

self-sustaining communities that question cultural conventions.1 Group art-making is central

to her activities as a way to unite individuals so they can work together to liberate and redefine

attitudes toward such key issues as gender, feminism, homosexual identity, sex, and social

history. The resulting work of art is a collective gesture of defiance, and therefore all the more

meaningful and important to the community that created it.