adayinthelesbianlife: From Laura Aguilar’s Plu…


From Laura Aguilar’s Plush Pony, a series chronicling the denizens of a lesbian bar in El Sereno, LA in the 1990s.

Aguilar set up a makeshift studio in the back of Plush Pony and offered to photograph women alone, in couples, or in groups. The resulting series of photographs is an amazing document of working-class Chicana lesbian culture, a group whose existence is relegated to the margins of both Chicana and lesbian social formations. The Plush Pony series records the highly stylized bodies of the women—in particular, their Chicana configuration of butch/femme tattoos and hairstyles and their poses.