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Award-winning photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani tells the tale of her mother, a Filipino domestic helper who has spent half of her life in Hong Kong. Also featuring the stories of other female migrant workers, this compilation of Bacani’s characteristic black-and-white photographs offers a poignant account of their life away from home and reveals a lesser-known side of Hong Kong beyond the city’s skyscrapers and mega malls.

In this book, Bacani, who used to be a domestic worker herself, reclaims the story of the migrant worker that has been told countless times by others. This time around, she is telling their own story – not as victims but as champions who have overcome the many hardships life has tossed at them as they leave their families behind in their home country. The book portrays the experience of millions of mothers, daughters and families whose lives have been disrupted by migration. “We Are Like Air” because migrant workers are often treated like air, invisible but important.

Genre : Photography
Language : English and Chinese
Author : Xyza Cruz Bacani
Number of Pages : ~250 pages, 150+ photographs
Book Dimension : 210w X 248h mm
Printing : Paperback, Colors
ISBN : 978-988-14231-5-3
Publisher : WE Press Co. Ltd. 香港人出版
Publication date : Dec, 2018
“Xyza Cruz Bacani shines the light on the inner lives of migrant domestic workers and makes a plea for recognising not just their rights but their humanity. True, these women have suffered but they have also exercised some agency over their lives. The choices they have made prop up the economies of their home countries. By doing domestic work abroad, they provide other women opportunities for work and leisure. On both sides of the migration divide, they prop up families with their labour and their love.”
Sheila S. Coronel
Dean of Academic Affairs Director, Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University

Xyza Cruz Bacani

Xyza Cruz Bacani (b.1987) is a Filipina Street and Documentary photographer based in Hong Kong who uses her work to raise awareness about under-reported stories. Having worked as a second-generation domestic worker in Hong Kong for almost a decade, she is particularly interested in the intersection of labour migration and human rights. She is a Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow in 2015, has exhibited worldwide, and won awards in photography. She is also the recipient of a resolution (HR No.1969) that was passed by the Philippines House of Representatives in her honour. Xyza is one of Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders in 2018, the WMA Commission grantee in 2017, a Pulitzer Center grantee, and an Open Society Moving Walls grantee in 2017. She is one of the BBC’s 100 Women of the World 2015, 30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2016, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2016, and a FUJIFILM Ambassador.

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2018 We Are Like Air, Open Source Gallery, New York, USA

Under Represented Christine Park Gallery, PhotoFairs San Francisco, USA
2017 American Chamber of Commerce Gallery, Hong Kong

Street Photography International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum Saint Louis, Missouri USA

Modern Slavery Cho Why Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

Modern Slavery Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre United Nations Women

Open Society Moving Walls

Bearing Witness Galley 102, Washington D.C
2016 Under Represented Christine Park Gallery at Apiary Studios London, United Kingdom

“The Outlier” Arrow Factory Beijing,China 

Modern Slavery MCG Youth and Arts Gallery, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Nostalgia Hong Kong Art in Residence

Modern Slavery, Kong Art Space, Hong Kong

Humans of Makati, Ayala Triangle Gardens Metro Manila

What Works Bronx Documentary Center New York

Women in Photography Objectifs Centre Singapore

Expressions Corniche Millennium Hotel AbuDhabi UAE

After Work, Para/Site Gallery, Hong Kong
2015 Behid Concrete Walls, KUC Space, Hong Kong

Shared Past, The Foreign Correspondence Club, Hong Kong

Mono, Kong Art Space, Hong Kong

Slices of Life, Macau Old Court Building, Macau

Unpredictable... Unscripted : Street Photography by Filipinos, Vargar Museum, Quezon City
2014 Mono, The Foreign Correspondence Club, Hong Kong

Xyza in Focus, The Philippine Consulate General, Hong Kong

Streetscapes, The Photographic Angle, UK touring exhibition

Manila Photo, SM Aura Atrium and Samsung Hall, Manila
2013 The Nature Conservancy, Hong Kong
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Personal Awards
2017 Open Society Documentary Photography Grantee

WMA Commission Grantee

PDN’s New And Emerging Photographer to Watch

Philippine Tatler Genertion T
2016 Pulitzer Center Grantee

Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia: The Arts

Photo Boite 30 Under 30 Women Photographers

Style Weekend Women Who Wow
2015 BBC 100 Women

The Standard Young Visionary of the Year (Photojournalism)
2014 Justice Centre Human Rights Arts Prize

Human Rights Press Award (Special merit)

HIPA Photography Award : Face Category (Fifth place)

National Geographic Awards, Hong Kong (Finalist)
2013 National Geographic Awards, Hong Kong (Finalist)
2012 National Geographic Awards, Hong Kong (Finalist)
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