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. In addition to Hong Kong, she has recently photo-documented human trafficking in New York City and Abu Dhabi.
Her current exhibit, Modern Slavery, focuses on the struggles of foreign domestic workers, and the abuses they often suffer.
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.
Modern Slavery 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. For updates, please visit the Facebook event page.
As part of Allegheny Regional Asset District’s RADical Days initiative, you are invited to experience Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild’s Inspiring Makers exhibit, enjoy live jazz music, gallery talks, MCG Jazz documentary clips, and more. Snacks will be available from Bidwell Training Center’s culinary students. Free admission 4:30–6:30 pm.
Inspiring Makers, showcases the talented staff’s artwork, and celebrates the artist-mentoring relationships that form the basis of MCG Youth & Arts programming. The exhibit runs 8/22/16 – 9/30/16.
Please join us for a public reception Friday, September 30 From 4:00 – 8:00 PM.
Photography from MCG Youth & Arts high-school students who visited Yellowstone National Park.
The exhibition runs from Friday, September 23 through January 13 at the Susan Zubik Welcome Center at Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth Street in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The opening reception is on September 23rd from 5:30 – 9:30 pm, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl.
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild would like to invite you, your family, and your friends to our Fall 2016 Family Night on Wednesday, November 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
By attending, you will have the chance to see works of art created by MCG’s dedicated after-school students and to meet the staff that work with and inspire them daily. Refreshments will be served and our four studios (ceramics, photography, digital, and design) will host tours, demonstrations, and artist talks. This is an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate all that the students have accomplished during their after-school hours this fall.
If you have any questions about the evening or our after-school program, please contact Rose Mary Gubser at 412-322-1773 Ext. 302. Visit us online at www.mcgyouthandarts.org for additional information and to subscribe to our e-mail updates.
We hope to see you at MCG!
Celebrating a Legacy: A Collection of Works by Women of Visions Inc. runs from July 5 through August 5, 2016. A public reception is scheduled for July 28th from 6 – 8 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Celebrating a Legacy is a collection of works by members of Women of Visions Inc., a non profit organization dedicated to the artwork created by women of the African diaspora.
Each work of art nurtures the roots of their heritage and captures their collective experiences on canvas, fiber, paper, and other media. The exhibition features the work of twenty four artists whose art has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Elizabeth Asche Douglas
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
1815 Metropolitan Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15233
412-322-1773 | www.mcgyouthandarts.org
Students from Manchester Academic Charter School blended traditional and digital photo collage techniques at MCG Youth & Arts.
The exhibition runs from Friday, July 8th to September 16th at the Susan Zubik Welcome Center at Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth Street in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The opening reception is on July 8th from 5:30 – 9:30 pm, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl.
We at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild would like to invite you, your family, and your friends to our Accomplishment 34 reception and Spring 2016 Family Night on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
By attending, you’ll have the chance to see the works of art created by MCG’s talented afterschool students, and you can meet our dedicated staff. Refreshments will be served and students will give artist talks. This is an excellent opportunity for you to celebrate your child’s accomplishments with us during the afterschool hours this spring.
If you have any questions about the evening or our after school program, please contact Rose Mary Gubser at 412-322-1773 Ext. 302. Visit us online at www.mcgyouthandarts.org for additional information and to subscribe to our e-mail updates.
Join us Thursday, May 12 for a free Remake Learning event, 4:00-5:30 pm.
Tour Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, a world-class youth arts education facility that teaches ceramics, photography, printmaking, laser engraving and 3D printing. Visitors will get an inside look at the world-renowned arts education model that is being replicated globally.
Participants will experience a “raku” firing in the Ceramics studio. This Americanized version of a centuries old Japanese firing process involves red hot pottery being drawn out of the fire and placed into a bin with combustible material. They will also see a demonstration of screen printing in the Design studio, which is one of the world’s most popular methods for printing on fabrics such as t-shirts, as well as for creating fine art prints the way legendary Pittsburgh-born artist Andy Warhold did. While supplies last, visitors will be able to take home examples of these crafts.
RSVP to Rose Mary Gubser via email or phone, RMGubser@manchesterbidwell.org, 412-323-4000 ext 302
The MCG Invitational is this Thursday, May 5th from 6-9 pm. The event is free and open to the public, and includes refreshments, live music, and an awards ceremony. Learn more at www.mcginvitational.org