A hundred people walk along with cyclists to read a statement at the municipal palace in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. The protest was organized after the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) warned that Chiapas was on the verge of civil war due to government inaction.
Fernando Núñez, left, and Johnny Rivas participate in a cargo bicycle race as part of Bicycle Messengers Appreciation Week in Mexico City. Núñez says it’s important to raise awareness of their work and generate a community among bike messengers.
Sewage overflows onto the main street in San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico. In San Francisco, where international tourism is on the rise, permits for residential construction have increased, but drainage infrastructure hasn’t kept pace with development. During the rainy season, drains overflow when their capacity is exceeded, causing contamination and foul odors.
Bryan de la Cerda plays the Hang in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico. De la Cerda practices the percussion instrument in the street to share his music with passersby. He says, “Music has the power to fill our lives with beauty.”
Jorge Nava, who rescues cats with his wife, feeds a 2-week-old kitten during a course on basic care for newborn dogs and cats in Mexico City. Animal abandonment tripled during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Nava says the course will enable people to help rescuers.
Neri Cernas, a member of the Zapotec artists collective Tlacolulokos, paints clouds around a thunderbird, a sacred animal for the Anishinaabe people in North America, in the Jalatlaco neighborhood, Oaxaca, Mexico. The artists have worked to represent indigenous groups through a mural project called “Our Sun Has Left.”
Dylan, 6, left, and Amilcar, 10, right, walk down the road with their mother in Chiapas, Mexico, as part of a caravan of people trying to walk to the United States. Around 700 people from Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela and El Salvador began their journey from Tapachula, Mexico.
Areli Jaqueline Luna Santiz, 10, peers at Jezabel Berenice Pérez Sánchez as she learns how to make piñatas at the North Zone Cultural Center in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Traditional piñatas, which are typically filled with fruit or small gifts, are commonly used during celebrations in Mexico.
Ceramicist Natalia Bolaños paints a clay frog for a vase in San Andrés Huayapam, Oaxaca, Mexico. Bolaños creates sculptural art and functional works, such as mugs adorned with octopuses, bottles full of rabbits, armadillo earrings, and dishes decorated with beetles.
INVA, a member of the collective INVASORIX, writes a message on a bathroom mirror at the Carrillo Gil Art Museum as part of the exhibit “Tiempo Compartido” (Shared Time) in Mexico City. “We place messages that we want to share with the people of Earth,” says INVA, who requested to be identified by her artistic name. “Messages against discrimination, racism and the oppression that we’ve found on this planet.”
Sara Ramírez dances with fire on the beach in San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico. Ramírez, a professional dancer for 20 years, says dancing with fire requires one to control space, strength, fear and speed: “Every dance possesses a hidden medicine.”
From left, Manuel Hernández, Ricardo Díaz and Luis Manuel Santiago, members of a marimba band, perform in the central plaza in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. The band used to get financial support from the municipal authorities, but the funds were suspended during the coronavirus pandemic. They now rely on tips from tourists and locals.
Antonio Cortés, director of the Museo Panteón de San Fernando (Cemetery of San Fernando Museum), leads a tour with his puppet, Nando, a character created in honor of the cats that inhabit the cemetery. The Mexico City museum recently reopened after four years of closure. Cortés says, “Recovering a space in the Guerrero neighborhood isn’t just about opening a museum. It’s also about reclaiming a social and cultural space to support the social fabric, so that we can contribute to quality of life and cultural activities.”
Diego Calixto Hilario, 7, picks pericón, a type of marigold, in the countryside in Chilpancingo de los Bravo, Guerrero, Mexico. Pericón is related to the cempasúchil flower, a traditional decoration for the country’s annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations.
Yaretzi Ramos, 11, practices slalom, a style of skating, during a class at a public park in southern Mexico City. “I like that it’s a good challenge and that you can make progress very quickly,” Yaretzi says. Classes were suspended for nearly a year due to coronavirus restrictions, but the pandemic also brought new students, who joined in search of outdoor activities.
Rogelio Gutiérrez, left, and Gabriel Ruiz López deconstruct palm-thatched shelters on the beach in Boca del Cielo in Chiapas, Mexico. Rising tides inundate the beach more often now, so shelters are taken apart to reuse the material.
Israel Tovar trains at a park in San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico. Tovar performs freestyle football and has traveled throughout Mexico and Europe, where he worked on marketing campaigns. “I never thought about making money from this, but I discovered that I could make money out in the street, at the traffic lights in Monterrey,” Tovar says. “Then I realized I could make money anywhere in the world.”
Laura Rocha López, right, shows a miniature painting by Miguel Ortega, left, to a Facebook Live audience during a weekly radio program that features a wide range of guests in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico. Ortega, who is a painter as well as a tattoo artist, writer and video game programmer, paints with a paintbrush attached to a bungee cord, which he holds with his mouth, thumb and index finger.