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“ We Are Like Air 活著如風 ”

Xyza Cruz Bacani
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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.

Xyza Cruz Bacani – 一位曾多次獲得國際獎項的攝影師,但她曾經也是一位外傭。

Xyza Cruz Bacani 和香港結下不解緣,她家裡的三代也在香港工作,這令她對外傭離鄉工作,別有一番感受。 Xyza 以她標誌性的黑白照片,記錄這群女性如何為香港寫下幕幕動人故事。

家庭傭工出身的Xyza Cruz Bacani,以鏡頭反客為主,用相片刻劃外傭的共同經歷。在鏡頭下,Xyza細意捕捉外傭的工作情況、生活點滴,部分更在她們僱主的居所中拍攝,每一張相片都充滿真實感。每輯相片都有一個關於離鄉別井,為家人、為生活掙扎的故事,每個故事有喜有悲,透過本書,讀者可以更加了解這群為本地家庭付出良多,卻是「活著如風」的隱形強人。

系列: 攝影集
語言: 英文 及 中⽂
作者: Xyza Cruz Bacani
頁數: 約 250頁,超過150 幅作品
尺寸: 210w X 248h mm
印刷: 平裝,彩色
ISBN: 978-988-14231-5-3
出版社: 香港人出版 WE Press Co. Ltd.
出版日期: 2018年 12月

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

作者簡介 Author
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.

Xyza Cruz Bacani 出生於1987年,是一名菲律賓籍的駐港街頭紀實攝影師。作為一位曾於香港工作接近十年的第二代外籍家庭傭工,她特別關注移民及人權的議題,希望能藉攝影作品令更多人關心外傭的處境。

她更獲菲律賓眾議院通過決議案(HR No.1969)以特別表揚她在攝影方面的卓越成就。Xyza曾獲各項殊榮,包括: 被選為2018年度亞洲協會「亞洲21青年領袖」、2016年「30位30歲以下出色女攝影師」(30 Under 30 Women Photographers) 、《福布斯》「30位30歲以下亞洲菁英」(30 Under 30 Asia)、2015年BBC 全球百大女性及FUJIFILM大使。她亦是WMA 2016/17年度委託計劃、普立茲中心資助計劃(2017)及開放社會基金會「移除高牆」項目(2017)得主。

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個人展覽 Solo Exhibitions
2018 We Are Like Air Multimedia and Public Art Exhibition, Open Source Gallery in New York, June- August

Under Represented, Christine Park Gallery in San Francisco Photo Fairs, February 2018
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
2016 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
2015 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
2014 Mono, The Foreign Correspondence Club, Hong Kong

Xyza in Focus, The Philippine Consulate General, Hong Kong
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團體展覽 Group Exhibitions
2018 Photo Ville 2018, Brooklyn, New York

Wanchai Grammatica, Hong Kong Arts Centre

Shanghai Photo Fairs 2018
2017 Open Society Moving Walls 2017

Bearing Witness Galley 102, Washington D.C
2016 What Works Bronx Documentary Center New York

Women in Photography Objectifs Centre Singapore

Expressions Corniche Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi UAE

After Work, Para/Site Gallery, Hong Kong
2015 Unpredictable, Unscripted: Street Photography by Filipinos, Vargas Museum, Quezon City
2014 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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個人獎項 Awards
2018 Asia 21 Young Leaders
2017 Open Society Documentary Photography Grantee

WMA Commission Grantee

PDN's New and Emerging Photographer to watch

Philippine Tatler Generation 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 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)
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