Ada Trillo, Twenty-Two GalleryANDREA, 2017 by Ada Trillo

”Andrea is dying of stomach cancer and addicted to heroin,” said Trillo.



 PHILADELPHIA, PA – June, 2017 Twenty-Two Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a new photography exhibition by Philadelphia-based artist Ada Trillo entitled How Did I Get Here? The dynamic portrait series documents the exploitation of women in the prostitution industry. The opening reception is Thursday, July 13, 2017 and the exhibition runs through August 6, 2017. Proceeds will benefit organizations helping to end prostitution and human trafficking.

Photographed in the brothels of Juarez, Mexico, Trillo captures the adversity these women must overcome in their daily lives, giving context and an identity to the prostitutes. With this exhibition, she is raising awareness about this global issue and inviting you to be part of the solution. Proceeds from the sale of these photographs will be donated to two organizations: The Coalition Against Trafficking Women, an international organization dedicated to protecting human rights, and the Mother Antonia Center of the Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer, Mexico City, who support the dignification of women in prostitution who work in La Merced.

On her experience, Trillo shared “This series and experience has greatly humbled me, and I hope it will have an impact, moving viewers to want to make a difference as well.”

Many artists deploy photography for commentary on a variety of issues in society. Its intent is to provoke a response and, frequently, its two most common subject matters are poverty and labor. Trillo’s exhibition does both. The subjects of her portraits are prostitutes working in Juarez, known for its violent drug cartel.

“A majority of the women are not from Juarez. Instead, many were abducted into the sex trade while attempting to cross the border, or sold into the industry by family members,” stated Trillo.

Ada Trillo, Twenty-Two GalleryCLAUDIA, 2017 by Ada Trillo

”Claudia was abused as a minor by her stepfather and ended up as a prostitute and heroin user. The last time I was there she had been missing for 30 days,” shared Trillo.

Nearly all of the women are addicted to drugs—crack cocaine and heroin—and have neither healthcare nor access to rehabilitation. Those who cannot attract clients are deprived of food. Trillo braved the Juarez Valley for her series of photographs taken during multiple visits over three years.

The power of Trillo’s narrative creates an intersection of sympathy, dignity, and hope. This is Trillo’s first foray into photography. She is also a painter, whose paintings use “symbolism of transformation, impermanence, and power” and now, so does her photography.  This summer’s exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery, “How Did I Get Here?” will be an opportunity to introduce Trillo’s new genre to a broader audience and raise awareness about the trafficking and exploitation of women as an international issue.

Twenty-Two Gallery | 236 South 22nd Street Philadelphia, Pa 19103

Opening | Thursday, July 13 | 6:00pm-8:00pm

Exhibition Dates & Times | July 14 – August 6

Wednesdays through Sundays | 12:00pm – 6:00pm or by appointment

ABOUT ADA TRILLO   | WEBSITE www.adatrillo.com  |  INSTAGRAM @adatrilloart

Ada Trillo is an artist who works in multiple media, including oil and acrylic painting, as well as photography. Her work is influenced by the rich cultural heritage of the American Southwest and Mexico and the symbols related to Latin culture. It is frequently characterized by her use of gold powder and gold leaf.

Born on the American/Mexican border, Trillo lives and works in Philadelphia and frequently travels to Mexico and Europe for inspiration while continuing to develop as an artist with classes in painting and photography at PAFA and the University of the Arts. She has been featured in solo, two-person and group exhibitions and is represented by RASCO Fine Arts and Twenty-Two Gallery in Philadelphia.

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Paint a Face for Dawn's Place


Dawn’s Place to Display Public Art Project at Community Art Day: April 11 in Love Park

PHILADELPHIA –  Not many people are aware that slavery still exists. Most still find it hard to believe that slavery is happening in our country or state or neighborhoods today. Dawn’s Place the only residence of its kind in the tri-state area that proactively helps both domestic and international adult female victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is striving to change that & in the neighborhoods of the Delaware Valley. And they need your support.

On Saturday, April 11 in Love Park (JFK Plaza) Philadelphia, Paint a Face for Dawn’s Place, a community art project to support survivors of human trafficking, will be displayed at Community Art Day. Art Day will take place from noon to 3:00 pm, featuring an outdoor installation of painted portraits of women, live music, spoken word performance, and live street portraits. For more information, visit www.aHomeforDawn.org.

“Human trafficking is just the tip of the iceberg”, says Sister Teresita Hinnegan, a medical mission Sister and co-founder of Dawn’s Place, a 9-bedroom residence in an undisclosed Philadelphia area location. It happens because of all the social and human injustice that’s been around from the beginning. We can focus on rescuing and restoring the victims, but unless we look at the demand side, the injustices that cause trafficking, it will continue.

Consider the following:

  • Within the United States, women, children and men are trafficked daily for commercial sex and forced labor.
  • Victims may be rich, poor, foreign nationals, U.S. citizens, adults, or children under 18.
  • Human trafficking generates $32 billion annually – half of that made in industrialized countries.
  • 80% of all transnational victims are women and girls.

 “It’s all about people who are living in poverty and have very few choices, and how to survive, Sister Teresita continues. Our culture has accepted prostitution. It s seen as a victimless crime. It is not. Prostitutes are labeled as criminals. They are not. They are victims. They need to be treated that way.”

Paint a Face for Dawn’s Place is a public art project organized by Dawn’s Place and Philadelphia artist, Joanna Fulginiti. The project asks members of the community to paint a face of a woman they love or admire. The paintings will be collected and displayed alongside information on human trafficking to rally community support for victims of this crime in the Delaware Valley. Community Art Day will include live performances by musician Rosa Diaz and artist Bonnie MacAllister. Members of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia will take professional street portraits that can be posted to social media or stored on a smartphone.

For interviews and additional media requests please contact: Sr. Michelle Loisel at 215-849-2396

Joanna Fulginiti at joannfulginiti@aol.com

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