Will Work For #4 by Laura Aguilar

Will Work for Access #4 by Laura Aguilar

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.

Laura Aguilar 1959-2018

Laura Aguilar
Queer Art, Identity Art and Identity Politics, Documentary Photography, LGBT Artists
Born: 26 October 1959, California, USA
Nationality: Mexican-American
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