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 and in THE UN-HEROIC ACT: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S. at the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at the John Jay College in New York. She is a recipient of the Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change Grant, and 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 in humane immigration policies that continue to devastate migrants from Mexico and South and Central America. She often returns to the US/Mexican border driven by her desire to tell the stories of the otherwise forgotten. Trillo is commited to giving back to her subjects and proceeds from her recent work helped to build a shelter for women involved in the sex trade in Juarez, Mexico.