Artist Talk: Ada Trillo
Thursday, September 21, 6:30-8:30pm
Dodd Camera Chicago (2844 W Armitage Ave)
Presented as part of A World on the Move: Navigating Borders Admidst Conflict and War
On view September 22 – December 7, 2023 at the Chicago Center for Photojournalism (1226 W Wilson Ave)
Opening Reception: Friday, September 22, 7:00-9:00pm
We are thrilled to present an artist talk with Ada Trillo in partnership with the Chicago Center for Photojournalism and its exhibition of Trillo’s work, A World on the Move: Navigating Borders Amidst Conflict and War. We hope you’ll join us for the artist talk on 9/21, and then the opening reception the following evening on 9/22.
Through the lens of a dedicated photojournalist Ada Trillo, this collection of images chronicles the harrowing journeys of those who chose to remain amidst the chaos as well as those who embarked on the treacherous journey to escape. A powerful and intimate exploration of the experiences faced by individuals caught in the tumultuous upheaval of oppressive border conflicts within their homelands.
Having dedicated seven years to documenting the plight of Central American refugees, Trillo was compelled to extend their lens to the conflict unfolding as the Russian crisis engulfed Kyiv and beyond. Through these photographs, we are invited to reflect on the choices forced upon individuals during times of turmoil and to bridge the gap between disparate worlds shaped by conflict and the pursuit of justice. It underscores the potential of photojournalism to ignite conversations, raise awareness, and drive change by giving a face to those existing on the fringes of conflict, striving for basic human rights.
About Ada Trillo
Ada Trillo 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 first monograph, La Caravana Del Diablo: On the Run from the Northern Triangle to America, was published by Komma (Netherlands, 2021). The book chronicles seven years of traveling with refugees and migrants from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trillo’s work is in Institutions and private collections, including, The Library of Congress, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Some of their awards include The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Fellowship (2022), The Eddie Adams Workshop Canon Award (2022), The Female In Focus 2020, and The Leeway Foundation Transformation Award.
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. Trillo has exhibited nationally and internationally in New York City, Philadelphia, Luxembourg, England, Italy, Germany, and Japan. They hold degrees from the Istituto Marangoni in Milan and Drexel University in Philadelphia.