Adriana Pascual experiments with a silk-screen printing technique at her friend’s studio in Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, Mexico. Pascual, who is preparing for her first gallery exhibit, prints pages from her diary, which document her most difficult experiences as a woman.
Thaya Pithaya signs a mural she painted with fellow artist Mitthu on the wall of a home in the Jardines de San José neighborhood in Puebla, Mexico. The mural represents the role homes have played during the pandemic, and the refuges and spaces for discovery they have become.
Edgar Ali Morán Alonso, right, and the other members of Zompantli, an ethno-electronica music and performance group, play their song “Chollolan” at the Archeological Zone of Tepalcayotl¬, in the Mexican state of Puebla. Zompantli collaborates with local artisans, who use ancestral knowledge to help design the band’s instruments.
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.
María Catalina Nevaréz Cruz weaves a ware, a traditional Rarámuri basket made from the sotol plant, at her home in San Luis de Majimachi, a village in Chihuahua, Mexico. Only 35 people live in the village, all of whom are artisans. Every two weeks, they barter their handicrafts for food at the village’s trade center.
Uuriintuya Tumenbayar knits using a traditional Mongolian method called zoos shiree suljmel, or coin table knitting, in Dalanzadgad, a city in Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. Uuriintuya, who was named the best craftswoman in Umnugovi province in 2019, promotes and teaches this method on her website, Ancestral Craft.
Vanesa Cristina González Beltrán cuts paper eyes for piñatas at Piñatas y Dulces Arcoiris, a piñata and candy store in the city of Chihuahua, Chihuahua state, Mexico. González, 19, began piñateria – making piñatas – when she was 16 years old.
Richard Notho Chapwanya hangs necklaces on a makeshift display at the arts and craft center in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. His business, which relies mostly on tourists, plummeted after the coronavirus lockdown began. He says he used to make $30 per day, but now he sometimes goes home with just $3 – or nothing at all.
Muralist Elvis Arroyo paints the Puerto Rican flag on a gazebo roof in his community of Guaniquilla, Puerto Rico. Community beautification organization Los Guardianes de la Costa de Guaniquilla commissioned the rooftop mural, which will be visible to the airplanes that fly over the coast.
Boyemba Bakumi and his daughter Jeanne Gradi Bakumi, 13, paint a mural to raise awareness of malaria in Kabondo, a neighborhood in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Their mural encourages families to sleep under insecticide-treated bed nets and advertises the next public net distribution.
Subban Thyagaraja paints cement pottery at his home workshop in Vavuniya, a city in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. Industries like Thyagaraja’s are seeing a gradual increase in business since they were shut down due to the coronavirus.
Tamiraa Narantsatsral paints a recycled wine bottle at the Natsagdorj Library in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Tamiraa is part of a Facebook group, “Redesigned Fashion. Lifestyle,” that saves and redesigns recycled materials, like glass bottles and clothing, to promote environmentalism.
From left, Iyaththurai Sajeeban, 18; Jeral Nishanthan Ninujan, 18; and Selvaratnam Puvikaran, 27, decorate pots in Kalviyankadu, a village in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. The pots are for Thai Pongal, a Hindu harvest festival celebrated in January.
José Antonio García works on a clay model at his family’s workshop in San Antonino Castillo Velasco, Oaxaca, Mexico. García developed glaucoma 18 years ago, which caused him to go blind. He asked his wife, Reina Mendoza Sánchez, to help him continue his work. Now, García shapes the pieces, and Mendoza adds the details.
Odgerel Bayasgalan paints his graduate thesis painting, a self-portrait titled, “My Story,” in his home in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Odgerel, 20, is in his last year in the painting program at the School of Fine Arts and Design at the Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture.
Tamara Rivas uses a process called randa to make a Tlacolula garment at her home in Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca. There are only a few craftspeople left who practice the difficult randa process. Local women wear these traditional garments to an annual community celebration, and they’re often passed down from mother to daughter.
Martha Cuevas performs traditional songs with mariachi group Mariachi Alma Ranchera during a Sunday concert in the central courtyard of Casa de la Cultura José Ángel Palou Pérez, in the city of Puebla, Mexico. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, members of the group had to remain a safe distance apart from one another.
Terbish Munkhbayasgalan, left, a 12th grade student, and Gantulga Odonbyamba, in 10th grade, write in traditional Mongolian script during “Book Festival,” an event to encourage preservation of the script and traditional culture, in Erdenet, a city in Mongolia’s Orkhon province. Terbish and Gantulga both take an extracurricular class at school to practice this writing system.
Clement Madi Makonde adds some finishing touches to one of the wood carvings he made while at the Mutare Farm Prison in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Makonde, who was imprisoned in 2014, says he spends most of his time making his art, which includes door mats, handbags, hats and wooden cooking utensils.
Carlo Magno sculpts with clay collected from a nearby hill in San Bartolo Coyotepec, a town in Oaxaca, Mexico. After molding, the clay goes through a special firing process that gives local ceramics a distinctive black color.
Tuvshinjargal Batsukh, an actress at the Children and Youth Theater in Orkhon province, reads books to children during a book festival held at Amar Square, in Erdenet, Mongolia. Tuvshinjargal participated to encourage parents to read to their children.
To promote traditional Mongolian script through art, Sergelen Bayasgalan, left, and Togtuun Erdenebileg paint a poem in the script along with a portrait of the author, Rinchen Byambyn, a founder of modern Mongolian literature, on a wall in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The poem reads, “Although there are many beautiful places in this colorful universe / There is no place more beautiful than my native land / Although every language is great to study virtue / There is no greater language than our mother tongue.”
Ivette Gutiérrez makes a necklace at her workshop in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. Gutiérrez designs and creates clothing and accessories with recycled material. “Any piece of material, broken necklace or unworn dress,” she says, “can be turned into a piece of recycled art and have a new life.”
Jacqueline Villarubia practices the drum at a small art studio in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. This drum is a key instrument in bomba, a genre of music with roots in Africa and now traditional to Puerto Rico. Villarubia wanted to understand the genre and decided to take private classes to learn the basics. She practiced a rhythm called calindá first, and later one called holandés, which is characteristic of Mayagüez, on the western part of the island.