Postponed: La Caravana Exhibit and Opening Reception: 3/26/2020

Join the Zolberg Institute in welcoming photographer Ada Trillo and her exhibit La Caravana to the University on March 26 at 6:30pm for an opening panel and reception.  

Ada Trillo, La boda, 2018, archival pigment print, 40 x 26 3/4 in.©2020 Ada Trillo. Courtesy of the artist
Ada Trillo, Seeking Asylum, 2018, archival pigment print, 26 3/4 x 40 in. ©2020 Ada Trillo. Courtesy of the artist.

About the Photographer

Born in El Paso and brought up in Ciudad Juarez – at one time called the most violent city in the world – Ada Trillo explores in her work human rights crisis at the U.S.-Mexican border. Over the period of four years, Trillo traveled to Juarez to interview and photograph women in local brothels. Her series How Did I Get Here? (2017) exposes the nexus between rape and prostitution, women trafficking, and feminicidios—violent deaths of hundreds of women in Juarez. In La Bestia (2017), she documented perils faced by Central American migrants traveling across Mexico on cargo trains. If Walls Could Speak (2019) presents the challenges facing asylum seekers under the new “Remain in Mexico” policy. Involved directly in the work with affected communities, and donating the proceeds from her work to organizations that help them, Trillo is an artist whose documentary work verges on social practice.

Ada Trillo’s work is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was presented at the international festival of photography Cortona on the Move, Italy; University of The Arts and Saint Joseph’s University – both in Philadelphia (2019); the exhibition The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S., Shiva Gallery, John Jay College CUNY, New York; Passion for Freedom art festival, London; and Photo Meetings, Luxembourg (2018). Her work was featured in The Guardian, British Journal of Photography (UK); Hyperallergic, Smithsonian Magazine, HUFFPOST, CBS Philly, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Gay News, F-Stop Photography Magazine, The Candid Frame (U.S.); Al Dia News, Telemundo 51 (Mexico); Fotomagazin, Photonews (Germany); Le Quotidien, and Wort Luxembourg (Luxembourg).

Ada Trillo is based in Philadelphia, PA, and Juarez, Mexico. She is 2019 fellow at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, and the Leeway’s 2019-2020 Visual Artist-in-Residence at Fleisher Art Memorial. In 2018 she received Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change Grant.

About the Curator

Monika Fabijanska is a New York-based art historian and independent curator who specializes in women’s and feminist art. Her critically acclaimed exhibition, The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S. at Shiva Gallery, John Jay College, was ranked the fifth best NYC art show in 2018 by Hyperallergic, and reviewed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, Artforum, and The Brooklyn Rail, among others.


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