Xyza Bacani (b.1987) is a Filipina Street and Documentary Photographer who has been featured and published in New York Times Lens Blog, CNN and various international media publications not only for her excellence in photography but also for her inspirational story. Working as a domestic worker in Hong Kong for almost a decade, she used photography to raise awareness about under-reported stories, focusing on migrants and human rights issues. She is one of the Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow 2015, has exhibited worldwide, won awards in photography and is the recipient of a resolution passed by the Philippines House of Representatives in her honor, HR No. 1969. Xyza is a WMA Commission grantee 2017, Pulitzer Center grantee and Open Society Documentary Photography Inaugural grantee. 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.

Represented By: Redux Pictures New York City, USA
Artist in Residence:  Artourage with Jane Straley
London and New York : Christine Park Gallery


.We Are Like Air Open Source Gallery, New York August 01-25 2018
.Public Art Installations New York June- August 2018
.Under Represented Christine Park Gallery, PhotoFairs San Francisco, USA
.Singapore Runaways Foreign Correspondent Club Hong Kong November 03- December 2017
.American Chamber of Commerce Gallery, Hong Kong August-December 2017
.Street Photography International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum Saint Louis, Missouri USA May- June 2017
.Modern Slavery Cho Why Gallery,Bangkok Thailand April 2017
.Modern Slavery Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre United Nations Women March 08-March 30 2017

.Under Represented Christine Park Gallery at Apiary Studios London, United Kingdom December 09 2016-January 2017
.“The Outlier” Arrow Factory Beijing,China October 03-December 05 2016
.Modern Slavery MCG Youth and Arts Gallery, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania October 17-January 2017
.Nostalgia Hong Kong Art in Residence
.Modern Slavery, Kong Art Space, Hong Kong
.Humans of Makati, Ayala Triangle Gardens Metro Manila

.Behind Concrete Walls, KUC Space, Kong Kong
.Shared Past, The Foreign Correspondence Club, Hong Kong
.Mono, Kong Art Space, Hong Kong
.Slices of Life, Macau Old Court Building, Macau

.Mono, The Foreign Correspondence Club, Hong Kong
.Xyza in Focus, The Philippine Consulate General, Hong Kong

.Open Society Moving Walls 2017
.Bearing Witness Galley 102,Washington D.C

.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

.Unpredictable… Unscripted: Street Photography by Filipinos, Vargas Museum, Quezon City
.Streetscapes, The Photographic Angle, UK touring exhibition
.Manila Photo, SM Aura Atrium and Samsung Hall, Manila
2013 The Nature Conservancy, Hong Kong


.Open Society Documentary Photography Grantee
.WMA Commission Grantee
.PDN’s New and Emerging Photographer to watch
.Philippine Tatler Generation T
.Pulitzer Center Grantee
.Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia: The Arts
.Photo Boite 30 Under 30 Women Photographers
.Style Weekend Women Who Wow
.BBC 100 Women
.The Standard Young Visionary of the Year (Photojournalism)
.Justice Centre Human Rights Arts Prize
.Human Rights Press Award (Special merit)
.HIPA Photography Awards: Face Category (Fifth place)
.National Geographic Awards, Hong Kong (Finalist)
2013 National Geographic Awards, Hong Kong (Finalist)
2012 National Geographic Awards, Hong Kong (Finalist)

2017 Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: Singapore Runaway’s
New York Times Lens Blog : Once Invisible,She Now Photographs
Domestic Workers

2016 Coming Clean: The Prevalence of Forced Labour and Human Trafficking for the Purposes of Forced Labour Amongst Migrant Domestic Works in Hong Kong, Justice Centre Hong Kong
The Dark Side of Hong Kong’s Prosperity, Foreign Policy
When Hong Kong’s Domestic Helpers Need Help, ChinaFile Online Magazine

2015 Human Trafficking in New York, Redux Pictures
Photographing Human Trafficking in New York, The New York Times

A new perspective: 10 years as a domestic helper in Hong Kong, now a globe-trotting photography, South China Morning Post