Héctor Avedaño, far left, instructs, from left, Nahuel Deleva, Diana Gómez and Iara Bustamante in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Avedaño, who started teaching taekwondo outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic, now offers lessons both indoors and at parks.
Antonio Aprea draws stylized lines called filete, meaning threads, during a class in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Aprea attends fileteado workshops to socialize after experiencing a loss. “It’s important to do things so you don’t lose your intellect,” he says. “I’m 84. I’m not a child. Every moment I have is important.”
Tamara Sonia Grassi, center, a Brazilian dance instructor, leads a rehearsal for Carnival in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Residents and members of the Civil Association of Cultural Exchange Between Brazilians and Argentines practiced the choreography weekly for over two months.
Filipino Combat Systems instructor Esteban Barraza, in all black, demonstrates an exercise during a martial arts class at Centenario Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Barraza says this discipline can help a wide range of people defend themselves, because it doesn’t require a lot of strength or flexibility.
Mariana Rosselli browses books at an event where people can swap plants and books in Caballito, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rosselli says used products, like marked-up books, have more value since they already have a history.
Jhonatan Almao, right, who is learning the skills to be a florist from Marcia Veliz, left, holds a bouquet in Caballito, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Almao, who immigrated from Venezuela in 2020, says all flowers have different meanings and are used for special occasions, to ingratiate, or to ask for forgiveness.
Demian, a street artist who withheld his last name for fear of legal repercussions, juggles with fire in front of cars stopped at a traffic light in Caballito, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Demian, who lives on the street, says he believes art should be out in public and accessible to all.
Arturo, a blue macaw, lives at the wild animal refuge Güirá Oga (“house of birds” in the Guaraní language) in Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina. Arturo was rescued from smugglers and became a permanent resident at the shelter, which rehabilitates animals and breeds endangered species with the aim of reintroducing them into the wild.
Norberto Gradilone, 72, plays tango on the bandoneon at the Centro Cultural de los Artistas (Artist Cultural Center) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “Sometimes the songs get me lost in my childhood. They transport me,” Gradilone says. “And that is what I want to communicate to the people.”
Hernán, who asked that his last name not be shared out of fear of retaliation, hangs a poster to advocate for disappeared people in the Almagro neighborhood, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The phrase on the poster – “Who is looking for us?” – calls into question the actions of the police and justice system in the search for missing people.
Marcelo Bavutti, right, registers voters and gives them envelopes for ballots while Luis Bringas Campos, an election supervisor, sits next to him at a school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the open primary, voters had to bring pens to sign the form and place their IDs on a tray to avoid contact with poll workers.
Members of the band Trio Eletrico, Junto e Misturado (Electrical Trio, Together and Mixed), who prefer not to give their names for fear of police persecution, play music and dance in front of the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Several street artists and collectives gathered to protest a new government measure that would require them to obtain a permit in each city district. Most artists rotate among districts and believe this measure would prevent them from working.
María Elena Ferreira grooms Mora, a white toy poodle, at a shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ferreira, who has groomed dogs part time for 15 years, says, “What I like most is working at the veterinary clinic. When I work with animals, I feel relaxed, and I love being with them. The majority [of the dogs] are good. Once you pet them, they relax and stay calm.”
Fernando Nuñez pivots in the air on his BMX bike at Parque Centenario, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nuñez, who has been practicing and performing BMX tricks for 10 years, says riders meet in the park to share tips and teach each other new skills.
Gabriel Herbas, who works at the entrance of his business to prevent people going inside during the coronavirus pandemic, upholsters a chair in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Herbas says he has more work because of the economic crisis: “Now, there’s a greater tendency to repair things because the price of clothes has gone through the roof.”
Valeria Ramírez prepares pasta at a food stand in the Mercado de San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina. “We are innovating a lot to distinguish ourselves,” Ramírez says. “I like it a lot because I interact with people. Every Sunday, I prepare a different dish to surprise them. It’s like a date.”
Juan Baez and José Luis Arribas prepare meat for customers at the Mercado de San Telmo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “I have been working here for 52 years,” Arribas says. “What I like most about this work is speaking with people. Now I’m waiting on my customers’ grandchildren.”
Malena Szabo, right, holds a sign shaped like a teacher’s smock during a protest in front of a school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Educators organized the protest to demand virtual classes and coronavirus vaccines after the death of fellow teacher Silvina Flores.
Juan Carlos Martell, center, leaps upside down during an acrobatics session at Rivadavia Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Martell and his brother started offering acrobatics classes outdoors in October 2020, when gyms and training centers closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sabrina Palazzo and her mother, Alcira Pereyra, study a feminist mural in an exhibit at the Recoleta Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “I came to get vaccinated, and we took advantage of [the outing] to walk around,” Pereyra says.
Susana Mondini, left, leads Silvia Squadrone, second from right, Ana María Buelta, right, and others in a yoga class for the elderly at Paseo de la Vida: Dr. René Favaloro, a park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “I’ve been doing yoga for many years. My bones hurt if I don’t,” says Squadrone. “When the [COVID-19] outbreak happened, we did it by WhatsApp. But it’s different in person, especially here, where it’s so beautiful.”
Painter Sol Rivero uses a tree as her easel at Parque Rivadavia, a park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rivero began to paint outside to share her creative process with the public and spread her name in new places.
Emmanuel Palavecino arranges donated books in a mobile library cart at Plaza Almagro, a park in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The mobile library travels to the city’s markets to make literature more accessible to residents.
Fabián Moriano cuts through the waves on his kiteboard outside the clubhouse of the Grupo de Aficionados al Surf a Vela, a local windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiast group in Ensenada, a municipality in Argentina’s Buenos Aires province. “I’ve been kitesurfing for 10 years. During the months when I couldn’t go into the water because of the quarantine, I felt a lot of anxiety,” Moriano says. “Any sport with this [much] adrenaline resets your mind.”