The U.S. Consulate is pleased to sponsor an exhibit, “Modern Slavery” by photographer Xyza Bacani at KONG Art Space G/F, No. 3 Staunton Street, which opened April 28. Consul General Clifford A. Hart in his opening remarks said, “The stories behind some of these photographs are a bit shocking, because some of the women in these images have been subjected to treatment that no one should have to endure…Tonight, Xyza’s photos, taken in New York, Hong Kong and elsewhere remind us that nowhere is immune to the problem of modern slavery.”
The exhibit displays 20 photos taken by Xyza Bacani of victims of modern slavery, or “trafficking in persons”, in Hong Kong, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and the United States. “I chose to show the aftermath rather than the actual victimization… because I want to humanize them. These photos show anyone can be a victim of human trafficking,” said Bacani at the opening. “I hope this exhibition will plant a seed of awareness.” “Trafficking in persons” and “human trafficking” have been used as umbrella terms for the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. The U.S. government is committed to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue The U.S. State Department produces an annual report on the subject, which can be found at Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
The free exhibition will be available April 28 – May 4 and May 21- June 10, from 11:00am – 5:00pm (Monday – Friday). For program inquiries, please call 9887-9840. The Consulate would like to especially thank independent curator Jane Straley for her pro bono work in support of the exhibit.
Xyza Bacani bio
Xyza Bacani is a Filipina Street and Documentary Photographer who has been featured and published in New York Times Lens Blog, CNN and various international media publications not only for her excellence in photography but also for her inspirational story. Working as a domestic worker in Hong Kong for almost a decade, she used photography to raise awareness about under-reported stories, focusing on migrants and human rights issues. She is one of the MAGNUM FOUNDATION HUMAN RIGHTS FELLOWS 2015, has exhibited worldwide, won awards in photography and is the recipient of a resolution passed by the Philippines House of Representatives in her honor, HR No. 1969. Xyza 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.