Ada Trillo Biography 


Ada Trillo is a documentary photographer based in Philadelphia, PA, and Juarez, Mexico. Trillo holds degrees from the Istituto Marangoni in Milan and Drexel University in Philadelphia. Trillo’s work is concerned with human rights issues facing Latin American culture. Trillo has documented forced prostitution in Juarez and the recent migrant caravan attempting to reach the U.S. Trillo has exhibited internationally at The Photo Meetings in Luxembourg, The Passion for Freedom Art Festival in London, Festival Internazionale di Fotografia in Cortona Italy and at the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at the John Jay College in New, York. She is a recipient of a Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change Grant; her work has been featured by Smithsonian Magazine;she was awarded the CFEVA Fellowship by The Center For Emerging Visual Artistsand in 2019 was named the Visual Artist-in-Residence for Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Ada Trillo grew up in Juarez, Mexico, at one time, called the most violent city in the world. Her photographs capture the cruelty and injustice of failed and inhumane immigration policies that continue to devastate migrants from Mexico and South and Central America. She is currently spending part of her time at La Casa del Migrante in Juarez, Mexico documenting the challenges of asylum seekers sent back to Mexico by newly-established policies.  Driven by her desire to tell the stories of the otherwise forgotten, Trillo is also focusing on the effects of the mass-shooting on border residents. Importantly,  Trillo is committed to giving back to her subjects and the proceeds of her work to organizations that help them. She recently helped to build a safe house for women involved in the sex trade in the border city in which she has carried out most of her work.

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