For the Sugar Children series, Muniz took pictures of local children while on vacation in the Caribbean. Upon returning home, he worked from the snapshots, creating likenesses by pouring and arranging sugar on black paper. The artist here skillfully undermines the tradition of the "happy locals" vacation photo through pictures laced with a bittersweet irony: the sugar Muniz pours connotes both the elixir of childhood and the hard labor of the local trade.
Montclair Art Museum. "Come As You Are: Art of the 1990's," February 8, 2015–May 17, 2015.
Telfair Museum of Art. "Come As You Are: Art of the 1990's," June 12, 2015–September 20, 2015.
University of Michigan Museum of Art. "Come As You Are: Art of the 1990's," October 17, 2015–January 31, 2016.
Muniz, Vik. Seeing is Believing. 1st ed. Santa Fe: International Center of Photography, 1998. p. 105.