Photographic, Archival Pigment Print, 16 x 24 inches, Edition of 5.
After numerous pleas to Mexican President Lopez Obrador, to open his heart and open the Mexican border gates, the Mexican government said “No” to hundreds of Central American migrants and asylum seekers who formed the Caravan. So they made their way down to the shallow waters of the Suchiate River, and they walked a few miles into Ciudad Hidalgo. Soon they were surrounded by hundreds of Mexican National Guard troops.
Ada Trillo is a Philadelphia-based photographer, native to the Juarez-El Paso binational metroplex. In her work, she focuses on borders of inclusion and exclusion as they are experienced through people in forced prostitution; climate and violence-related international migration; and US exclusions, resulting from long-standing borders of race and class. Through the elements of documentary and fine art photography, Trillo’s goal is to bring attention to the impact that these borders have on exploited and marginalized people and amplify their voices. She utilizes photography as a platform to document our times by capturing both our most joyous and painful moments; This art has the power to lay bare our common humanity and dignity. Recently featured in The Guardian, she is the recipient of a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant, The Center For Emerging Visual Artists Visual Artist Fellowship, and Fleisher Art Memorial Visual Artist-in-Residence. She has also been awarded First Place in Editorial Photos with the Tokyo International Foto Awards, The me&Eve Grant with the Center of Photographic Arts in Santa Fe, and First Prize of Focus Photo LA. Trillo has exhibited internationally in Luxembourg, England, and Italy, and her work is included in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She holds degrees from the Istituto Marangoni in Milan and Drexel University in Philadelphia.