Larger Type
Smaller Type

Search Collections

Valicia Bathes in Sunday Clothes

1996 Vik Muniz Born: Sao Paulo, Brazil 1961 gelatin silver print sheet: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase made possible by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation 1998.31.6 Not currently on view

Gallery Label

Vik Muniz drew portraits of the children of sugar cane workers he met on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts using sugar crystals on black paper, which he then photographed for the series he called "The Sugar Children." As he wipes the paper clean after creating each image and begins again, his actions and his subjects' lives take on symbolic value, suggesting that generations of cane workers have been consumed by the sugar industry.


Ethnic - African-American

Figure female - child - bust

Portrait female - unidentified - Valicia

photography - photoprint


gelatin silver

About Vik Muniz

Born: Sao Paulo, Brazil 1961

More works in the collection by
Vik Muniz

Online Exhibitions