an army of lovers cannot fail

Ginger Brooks Takahashi, an army of lovers cannot fail, 2004-ongoing, quilting forum
Courtesy the artist

an army of lovers cannot fail

Artist: Ginger Brooks Takahashi

an army of lovers cannot fail, 2004-ongoing
Cotton, wood, metal, and quilting forums
Courtesy the artist

an army of lovers cannot fail is an on-going series of quilting forums, or “Powerstitches,” organized in homes, galleries, gardens, and other settings by Ginger Brooks Takahashi. Stitching on Brooks Takahashi’s all-white quilt, participants conduct and listen to readings of poetry, prose, and theory on the subject of sex, gender, and society. The project demonstrates how historical and contemporary communities of quilting and other crafts harness key political activities of community-building and dialogue to create a sense of belonging for those who participate. For Brooks Takahashi, quilting forums are symbolic of the same ideals upheld by her own queer community. During the course of the exhibition, Brooks Takahashi will host several Powerstitches in the Museum as Hub space. According to the artist, “the end product is not the piece, but rather the process—the informal gatherings and invaluable dialogue between friends and strangers.”

Artist Statement

In November 2004, I initiated an army of lovers cannot fail, an on-going series of quilting forums organized in homes, galleries, gardens and other public settings. I see the history of family and community quilting as harnessing possibly the foremost political activities: community-building and dialog, creating a sense of belonging for those who participate. The quilting forums are symbolic of the same ideals upheld by my own queer community. While redefining these traditions, an army of lovers cannot fail brings the spirit of this shared experience to an extended community.

Also considering historically outdated modes of production, this quilt has been in progress for over two years, and will require at least one more year to completion. Thankfully, the end product is not the piece, but rather the process—the informal gatherings and invaluable dialog between friends and strangers.

Quilting forums have been held in living rooms and gardens, including the following spaces: Sundown Salon, LA; Artists Space, NY; ICA, Philadelphia; Art Metropole, Toronto; Printed Matter, NY; La Centrale, Montreal; Cinders, Brooklyn.