Olegario Hernández carves maguey plants into a gourd, or jícara, in Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca, Mexico. Gourds have been used since pre-Hispanic times as percussion instruments and containers for food and beverages.
Purevsuren Lhagvajav, a member of Umnugovi province’s Music and Drama Theater, performs in the musical “Blue Sun” during a rehearsal for the Saint Muse International Theater Festival in Umnugovi province, Mongolia.
From left, Cuauhtémoc López, Alejo Taloca, Lorenzo López and Salvador Candelario Carrillo, members of the band Neiwana, give a free concert in a public square in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The band members sing about Wixaritari culture in their native language. “I would be singing every day,” Lorenzo López says. “I wish there were more cultural spaces in the city.”
Lydianna Dávila weaves baskets out of palm fronds at the La Goyco Community Workshop in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dávila says she adapts ancestral skills, which she learned from her brother, to weave baskets and flowerpots.
José Rafael Flores performs a one-person play, “Josefina la gallina puso un huevo en la cocina,” in Mexico City. Flores, onstage after approximately two years of pandemic restrictions, says it’s bizarre to perform for an audience wearing face masks because he can’t see their expressions.
Algirmaa Undralsaikhan, right, observes as Nyamsuren Bayandelger measures Suvd-Erdene Otgonbayar’s eyebrows in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Nyamsuren, who teaches how to tattoo long-lasting eyebrows, doesn’t see the tattoos as a means of making money but as a way of enhancing beauty.
Raúl Morales, left, adjusts Orlando López’s costume before performing in the streets of Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico. Traditional dancers known as Parachicos perform in wooden masks and special costumes each year during Fiesta Grande.
Roberto Muñoz performs in the historic downtown of Chihuahua, Mexico. Muñoz, who has created urban art for 10 years, considers himself a mobile work of art and calls this performance “A Soldier of Peace.”
Laura Cork, originally from England, practices aerial acrobatics in Oaxaca, Mexico. Cork, who founded a fabric, hoop and trapeze school in 2021, says that people from all over the world who are visiting Oaxaca sign up for classes.
Valeria García, 16, known as Leva, competes in a women-only freestyle rap tournament in Mexico City. Leva, who has freestyled since she was 13, traveled from the northern Mexico to participate. “I decided to come to Mexico City because I was feeling very frustrated, and for me, freestyle is freeing myself,” she says.
Purevbaatar Tserendash carves the head of a morin khuur, also known as a horsehead fiddle, in Murun, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. Purevbaatar, who has been making instruments for 10 years, says the sound of the fiddle keeps evil at bay.
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.
Armando Madrigal applies makeup to Bertín González, who performs as Chuntá, a traditional female character usually played by men, during Fiesta Grande in Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico. The festival honors the Black Christ of Esquipulas, Saint Anthony the Great and Saint Sebastian.
Chinbat Gonchigjamts, right, aims a bow during a provincial tournament of Uriankhai, one of three types of traditional Mongolian archery, on a frozen river in Murun, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. In this competition, organized to promote the national sport and prepare for the Naadam festival in summer, archers judge each other’s performances.
Lkhagvabayar Lkhagvadorj, 15, folds felt to add to his artwork, which represents the 21 soums of Mongolia’s Khuvsgul province. With the help of his teacher and classmates, Lkhagvabayar is preparing for his first exhibition, organized by his mother.
Iván Luna uses his fingers to paint a landscape on a stainless steel griddle in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Luna, who taught himself to paint by studying other artists’ work, has been earning a living as an artist for 30 years.
Fashion designer Tsogzolmaa Ochirbat sews a deel, a traditional Mongolian outfit, at her studio in Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. Tsogzolmaa combines the traditional elements of deels with contemporary styles, colors and designs for her clients.
Lucas García Morales plays guitar in the main square of Chilpancingo de los Bravo, Guerrero, Mexico. García, who is blind, says he has to work around 13 hours a day to make what he used to earn in four hours before the coronavirus pandemic.
Cristina de la Mora practices acrobatics at a public park in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Her teacher, Salvador Guardado, a professional acrobat, has been offering free classes for 10 years in order to remove economic barriers to participation.