Valicia Bathes in Sunday Clothes

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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.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Graphic Arts
1996
Object number
1998.31.6
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Artist
Vik Muniz, born Sao Paulo, Brazil 1961
Sitter
unidentified
Topic
Ethnic\African-American
Figure female\child\bust
Portrait female\Valicia
Medium
gelatin silver print
Dimensions
sheet: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Photography-Photoprint