Photographing the Invisible: Xyza Cruz Bacani’s ‘We Are Like Air’ Book Talk
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Join Magnum awarded photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani for a book signing session and talk on her poignant inside story on migration, separation and love.
In her new book We Are Like Air, Bacani retraces the life of her mother, a Filipino domestic helper who has spent half of her life in Hong Kong, as well as the stories of other female migrant workers. The book is a compilation of the artist’s signature black-and-white photographs which offer a poignant account of her subjects’ lives of diaspora and reveal a lesser-known side of the apparently glamorous city of skyscrapers and mega malls.
A former domestic worker herself, Bacani reclaims the story of the migrant worker that has been told countless times by others. Through her book and recent exhibition under the same name, she is telling their own story – not as victims but as champions who have overcome the vicissitudes as they leave their families behind in their home country. To her, migrant workers can be compared to air: invisible yet important.
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