Internationally known photographer at Pittsburgh’s Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild tomorrow for “Modern Slavery” show


A Filipino domestic worker who turned to photography to document abuses in the field visits MCG for a public reception and artist talk.

Xyza Cruz Bacani
  • Xyza Cruz Bacani
Xyza Cruz Bacani left her home country to do domestic work in Hong Kong and borrowed money to buy her first camera. Her photos documenting the poor conditions faced by foreign domestic workers spread via social media, and her work has been featured in the New York Times and on CNN. She also is one of the 2015 Magnum Foundation Human Rights Fellow, and one of the BBC’s 100 Women of the World 2015.

Bacani has also photo-documented human trafficking in New York City and Abu Dhabi.

Modern Slavery, her show at MCG, features 12 images of domestic workers. (One is reproduced below.) “Hong Kong is a very modern, successful city but people treat their helpers like slaves,” says Bacani. One image depicts a Filipina woman who suffered extensive third-degree burns at work but was fired after being denied medical leave.

The show opened in October. Bacani is in town this week to hold a workshop with MCG photography students and for tomorrow’s reception.

The reception runs 6-8 p.m. Admission is free.

Modern Slavery runs through Jan. 6.

MCG is located at 1815 Metropolitan St., on the North Side.
  • Photo by Xyza Cruz Bacani

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