Will Work For #4
Gelatin silver print
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Aguilar stands beneath a gallery sign on a wall holding a handwritten sign that states “Artist Will Work for Axcess” whilst looking straight to camera, “Will Work For #4” is part of Aguilar’s 1993 Will Work For series. The makeshift handwritten aesthetic of the cardboard signs recalls homeless individuals begging for money on the streets and draws a parallel between the positioning of Aguilar the artist who needs charitable intervention to gain access to museums and galleries.
Queer Art, Identity Art and Identity Politics, Documentary Photography, LGBT Artists
Born: 26 October 1959, California, USA
Died: 25 April 2018, California, USA
Aguilar was a photographer. Born with auditory dyslexia she attributed her start in photography to her brother, who taught her how to develop in dark rooms. Self-taught Aguilar was well-known for her portraits, mostly of herself, and her focus on marginalized communities including LGBT+ and Latino subjects, self-love, and the stigma of obesity in society