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A NEW EXHIBIT: “MODERN SLAVERY” MCG Youth & Arts welcomes photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani


PHOTO COURTESY: XYZA CRUZ BACANI Xyza Cruz Bacani was born in the


Philippines, and like many Filipinos, she left her home country in search of economic opportunity. As a domestic worker in Hong Kong, Xyza (pronounced “sigh zah”) began taking photographs in her spare time. Her hobby quickly became a passion, both for the therapeutic effect it had on her, and because it awakened an innate drive for self- expression. Through social media, Xyza’s work began to catch the eye of the international photography community. Not only were her photos visually striking, and her story compelling, her subject matter


was evocative. Her photos depicted the gritty beauty of city life, but from a viewpoint that encouraged sensitivity, not sensationalism. Though her employer was


notably kindhearted, she lent Xyza the money for her first camera, many foreign domestic workers suffer countless abuses. Xyza’s work documents and exposes these conditions, and as she has grown as a photographer, so has her work. She has recently photo-documented human trafficking in New York City and Abu Dhabi. In 2015, Xyza was one of seven Magnum Foundation Human Rights Fellows, a prestigious award that


enabled her to visit the United States. In the same year she was named one of the BBC’s 100 Women of the World, and she’s currently an ambassador for Fujifilm. Xyza’s photography will be on


exhibit at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild from October 17, 2016 through January 6, 2017. She will begin a workshop with MCG Youth & Arts high school students on December 12, and there will be a public reception and artist talk on December 14. The event is free and open to the public.


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