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silver gelatin prints
10 x 8 in • 25.4 x 20.3 cm (each) 36 x 30 in • 91.4 x 76.2 cm (framed)
unique print
flower flies mimic wasps


Rachel Rillo deliberately injects memories into her photographs. It is a means of reconciling nostalgia with reality, finding new shades of an Asian vocabulary in the everyday. It is a subject she has charted across successive bodies of work from 2009 - 2013 and one that inherently echoes Rillo’s own journey.

In 2007, she returned to Manila after a successful career as a freelance Photographer for Los Angeles’ television industry. This 15-year gap allowed her an openess, a certain framing and patina to her images sensitive to the locus and yet one that inflects her history of skill. Rillo’s return came at a time when Contemporary Photography was starting to gain traction in the Philippine art scene as an art form, and her solo exhibitions Manila (2008), nominated for an Ateneo Art Award, Grain (2009), and Underneath the Floorboards (2010), helped redefine local views; her technical skill and knowledge placing her central to this movement through Silverlens galleries. 



2014 Flower Flies Mimic Wasps, Silverlens, Manila

2012 Frozen Actualities, Silverlens, Manila

2010 Underneath The Floorboards, Silverlens, Manila

2009 Grain, Silverlens, Manila

2008 Manila, Silverlens, Manila

2006 Shift, Silverlens, Manila

2006 Rachel Rillo, Gravitas, Houston

2002 Proximity, Los Angeles 



2016 Survey, with Rachel Rillo, Mawen Ong and Soler Santos, Silverlens, Manila

2015 Art Fair Philippines, Manila

2014 Art Fair Philippines, Manila

2013 Art Basel Hong Kong 2013, Hong Kong

2013 Strip, curated by Wawi Navarroza, Silverlens, Singapore

2013 Art Fair Philippines, Manila

2013 Ley Hunting Part 2, curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana, Silverlens, Singapore

2012 Paris Photo, Paris

2012 Ley Hunting Part 1, curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana, Silverlens, Manila

2011 Hybrids, Blanc Gallery, Manila

2010 Pulse Miami 2010, Miami

2010 Six, Silverlens, Manila

2010 Blind Field: Photography and Place, Silverlens, Manila

2012 Bare Tactics, Blanc Gallery, Manila

2010 A Thousand Times Yes, Manila Contemporary, Manila

2010 Pulse New York 2010, New York

2009 Pulse Miami 2009, Miami

2009 Beyond Frame: Philippine Photo Media Ateneo Art Gallery, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City

2009 Wires, Untitled and Drawings, Empty Quarter, Dubai

2009 ArtHK09, Hong Kong

2008 Beyond Frame: Philippine Photo Media, curated by Gina Fairley University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Gallery, Sydney

2008 ARTSingapore, Singapore

2008 Zones of Influence: Ateneo Art Awards 2008

2008 ArtHK08, Hong Kong 



2008 Shortlisted, Zones of Influence: Ateneo Art Awards 2008



1992-1997 Academy of Art College, San Francisco Fine Art Photography Major 


Survey, 2016
flower flies mimic wasps, 2014
STRIP 2013, 2013
Ley Hunting, 2013
Ley Hunting, 2012
Frozen Actualities, 2012
Six6: The Silverlens Anniversary Show, 2010
Blind Field: Photography & Place, 2010
Underneath the Floorboards, 2010
Grain, 2009
Manila, 2008
Shift, 2006


Rachel Rillo
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Catching Up On Manila's Art Scene: Ley Hunting at Silverlens

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