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Photographer Laura Aguilar invited viewers to take a long, hard look at all her imperfections

A career retrospective at the National Museum of Mexican Art shows an artist dealing with the complexities of her identity.

In 1996, the self-taught photographer and film artist Laura Aguilar, then in her 30s, positioned her naked body in the rocky desert landscape of southern California and took a series of self-portraits. The black-and-white series Nature Self-Portrait (1996) juxtaposes the land and the artist’s flesh: large, brown, queer, female.…

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