Ada Trillo is an award-winning documentary photographer from the U.S.-Mexico border shedding light on xenophobic foreign policies barring migrants from opportunities to seek asylum. Trillo’s series La Caravana Del Diablo focuses on the massive Honduran migrant caravan of January 2020, that traveled through Guatemala into Mexico, fleeing violence and poor economic conditions. Trillo uses their art to create awareness, fight injustice, and capture the human element of migrant narratives.
Ada Trillo (Mexican American, b.1976, she/they) is a first-generation, Queer Mexican American artist who combines documentary and fine art elements in her photography. A native of the US-Mexican border raised in the Juarez-El Paso binational metroplex, her work is informed by a deep interest in national and metaphorical borders and modernization processes. She has focused on walls of inclusion and exclusion, such as forced prostitution, climate, and violence-related international migration, and US internal exclusions resulting from long-standing barriers of race and class. Trillo’s goal is to bring attention to the impact of these borders on exploited and marginalized people and amplify their voices.
Trillo’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally and is in institutions and private collections, including, The Library of Congress, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. They hold degrees from the Istituto Marangoni in Milan and Drexel University in Philadelphia. Trillo’s work has appeared in publications such as The Guardian, Vogue, Smithsonian Magazine, and Mother Jones, among other publications. She was also awarded The Me & Eve Grant with the Center of Photographic Arts in Santa Fe and received First Place in editorial with the Tokyo International Foto Awards.
Ada Trillo : La Caravana Del Diablo
December 7 – 30, 2023
Blue Sky, Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts
122 NW 8th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209