Elina Chauvet’s art installation, “Zapatos Rojos,” or “Red Shoes,” memorializes murdered women in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico. Chauvet started the project to increase awareness about violence against women.
Urban artist Alina Kiliwa writes on a wall as part of the national graffiti conference “Mujer Mexican Power” in Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico. “I like that the street is like an open-air museum, and that it’s not necessary to go inside of some separate place to see something,” Kiliwa says. “In your daily life, you can find art on the streets.”
Noel Romero Sierra, who has been a blacksmith for half of his life, welds a door in Chihuahua, Mexico. Romero says the coronavirus pandemic has not affected his work: “Those of us who’ve kept our jobs are on top of the world.”
Concepción Aguilar, a ceramic artist, paints a decorative piece in Ocotlán de Morelos, Mexico. Aguilar, unlike other clay artisans in the region, uses a large color palette instead of two or three colors.
Juana Pérez Luna holds her grandson Antonio Ramírez, 3, in Chenalhó, Chiapas, Mexico. Hers is among six families from the Tsotsil community that were forcibly displaced from their homes and lived in a camp for internally displaced people for almost two years.
From left, Susana Gómez, Alejandro García and Erasto Silva publicly request that senators pass a law to address bike safety in Oaxaca, Mexico. Rally attendees printed the names of those killed in accidents on white cloths and displayed them on bicycles to honor their memory.
Fabio Vanin, originally from Italy, makes a ruby gold ring in San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico. He says that artisanal jewelry-making is close to extinction because most people prefer cheaper, mass-produced jewelry from well-known brands. “I make these pieces one by one. I do not use molds, I work directly on the metal,” Vanin says. “I do small series in which the pieces can be similar, but they are never the same.”
César Soto Aguilar, a nurse, collects information from school personnel before they receive the CanSino vaccine against COVID-19 in Mexico City, Mexico. The vaccination site was organized in the Vasconcelos Library, under the skeleton of a gray whale.
Mauricio Ramírez repairs a ring at his shop in Tecámac, Mexico. Ramírez says that although his business was closed for almost four months, he was able to keep operating due to demand for face-mask materials: “What saved me was the fact that I could sell elastic.”
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.”
Magno Morales and Oscar Bautista, members of Colectivo Chuvajetik, paint a mural to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
A tattoo artist who goes by the name Jagger tattoos Luis Villarroel in San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico. Jagger, the town’s only tattoo artist, says the perception that tattoos are only for gang members has changed in the last few years.
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.
Mayra Bernal, a member of CDMX Animal Save, offers water to pigs at Rastro Frigorífico La Paz, a slaughterhouse, in Los Reyes la Paz, Mexico. “We came to be with these animals who are on their way into the slaughterhouse, even if it’s just for a moment, to give them a little bit of love and attention – something they’ve been denied since birth,” Bernal says.
A Zapotec rapper who goes by Mare Advertencia Lirika performs with Ofer Sánchez in San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico. The concert was organized to promote search efforts for Wendy Sánchez, a local resident who has been missing since Jan. 9. “Growing up in a place where you feel safe should be a human right,” Advertencia Lirika says. “But the war is there, even if it is not being named.”
Dancer Giovanna Triana, also known as Triana Circus, performs a series of acrobatics during the Circo Pa’l Barrio festival in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico. In the state of Chiapas, events can be held outdoors with coronavirus safety precautions.
Roberto López climbs a palm tree to retrieve coconuts in San Francisco in Nayarit, Mexico. López explains that coconut palms, which take around 10 years to produce fruit, are the only trees with a fruit that provides both water and food.
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.
Diana Laura García, center, performs the part of the skeleton “La Catrina,” an icon of Mexican culture, during a show at the National Center for the Arts in Mexico City. The performance was supposed to coincide with Day of the Dead last November, but the premiere was delayed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sebastián Pérez Girón, 6, smiles as he cares for a sheep his family owns in Chuliá, located in the Tenejapa municipality in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. Pérez, a member of the Tzeltal community, is doing remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic. “I’d like to go back to school,” Pérez says. “But I think I’ll miss playing with the sheep.”