Motion #46

Laura Aguilar, American, 1959 - 2018


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Gelatin silver print


Image: 18 1/4 × 13 3/16 in. (46.3 × 33.5 cm)

Sheet: 19 7/8 × 16 1/16 in. (50.5 × 40.8 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Elizabeth and David C. Lowenstein '67 Fund, the Edward, Julia, Victoria, and Christopher Hansen Fund for Photographic Acquisitions, and the Sondra and Charles Gilman Jr., Foundation Fund

© Laura Aguilar



Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

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Not on view


Signed, on reverse, below center, in graphite: Laura Aguilar 3/10


Placing her own figure in front of the camera, Aguilar asks viewers to appreciate the inherent beauty of her body in nature, alongside two other feminine figures. They entangle their limbs in the sinuous branches, embracing nature and their bodies in pursuit of self-acceptance.

Aguilar—as a self-described Chicana, lesbian, fat, and disabled woman—uses her photography to emphasize aspects of her identity that have been systematically scorned. Unable to find this sense of acceptance in society, she reaches out to nature to love, explore, and express herself.

From the 2023 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 111, Taking Up Space: Forming Body and Identity, curated by Milanne Berg '24, Homma Family Intern

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 111, Taking Up Space: Forming Body and Identity, Milanne Berg, Class of 2024, Homma Family Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 4 March - 22 April 2023.


Laura Aguilar Trust of 2016, Los Angeles, California; sold to present collection, 2022.

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