Xyza Cruz Bacani (b.1987) is a Filipina author and photographer 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 labor migration and human rights. She is one of the Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellows in 2015, has exhibited worldwide and won awards in photography. She is also the recipient of a resolution passed by the Philippines House of Representatives in her honor, HR No.1969. Xyza is awarded The Outstanding Women of the Nation’s Service in the field of Humanities, one of the Asia 21 Young Leaders (Class of 2018), the WMA Commission grantee in 2017, a Pulitzer Center and an Open Society Moving Walls 2017 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, Fujifilm ambassador and author of the book We Are Like Air.

Contact: xyzabacani@yahoo.com
Represented By: Redux Pictures New York City, USA
London and New York : Christine Park Gallery


.We Are Like Air Christine Park Gallery PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai, September 2019
.We Are Like Air Christine Park Gallery, New York May 03- June 22, 2019

.We Are Like Air Hong Kong Arts Centre November 30- December 23 2018
.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

Wanchai Grammatica Hong Kong Arts Centre September 2018

.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)

Pulitzer Center: Climate Change and Human Trafficking
Pulitzer Center: Singapore Runaway’s

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