Lucy Pérez Gómez (left) and Tex Andrés López Díaz perform at a celebration of the traditional music of Chamula, a municipality the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. They are part of the Yajvalel Vinajel ensemble, which translates to “Lord of the Sky” in the Tsotsil language. The ensemble has been performing and raising awareness of this musical tradition for nearly 11 years.
Juliana Ton (from left to right), Maria Pech and Fabiola Cepeda perform with a dance company made up of dancers from the Mexican states of Yucatán, Quintana Roo and Campeche in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. Their choreography is a mix of Yucatecan Maya and colonial Spanish culture.
Trainers at a clay pottery training center in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, paint clay statues of Subramania Bharathiyar, a Tamil poet and political leader, and Mahatma Gandhi to be sold at shops. They say that these items are popular with tourists.
Eztli Ukben performs in an adaption of the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on the patio and stairs of a tenement building in Mexico City. The production is part of the VSS Dance Company project “Dance in Tenements,” which aims to make dance more accessible to the general public.
Wilford Célestin has been working as an artist in the Carrefour commune of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for 18 years. He represents different loa, or spirits of the Haitian Voodoo tradition through his work, including this statue of the loa Bossou. Bossou is usually depicted as a bull with three horns.
Tebogo Moyo, 14, performs in front of the Bulawayo City Hall in Zimbabwe as part of a free outdoor concert for World Music Day. Popularly known as “Tebza the Hero,” Moyo won the award for Outstanding Newcomer Across All Genres at this year’s Bulawayo Arts Awards.
Zoé Rivera, 23, prepares to perform in “Esto no es sobre Baal,” a play put on by students majoring in acting at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Teatrales in Mexico City as part of their professional exam. “I wanted to learn about anatomy, and in the theater I have discovered it in a very physical and very poetic way, and I think it’s a perfect match,” Rivera says.
Fatima Sánchez (center) and other members of Tzunūn Tēnek, a traditional dance group, perform the dance “La Iguana” in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. The group is made up of local young men and women between the ages of 15 to 35 who participate to help revive the city’s traditional culture.
Aless Muñoz (left) and Isabel Araujo perform the parts of Elisa and Sara respectively in the premiere of the play “Cotton Candy” at the Patio Petul theater in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. The play focuses on themes of love and hardship as the two women reminisce about their experiences while baking desserts.
Manjula Swarnapali, a portrait artist, uses a cellphone photo as a reference for his latest work in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Swarnapali lives in Kandy, a city in central Sri Lanka, but travels around the country to practice and sell his art.
Painter, sculptor and screen print artist Samuel Lind Hernández, 66, works in his art studio in Loíza, Puerto Rico. He stands behind his sculpture of Osain, a deity of wild plants, medicine and healing, according to the Yoruba religion. Lind Hernández’s sculpture represents the culture and tradition of the loiceños, as residents of Loíza are known.
Givean Thomu, who lost both his hands when he was five, paints a landscape for a client at his home in Harare, Zimbabwe. Thomu spent most of his childhood in children’s homes and now earns his living through his art, even though the current economic environment makes finding clients difficult. “People no longer value paintings but are more concerned about bringing food to their tables,” he says.
Gift Moyo throws a ceramic vase as part of his pottery studies at the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre in the Mzilikazi township of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The center, which opened in 1963, trains young adults in hands-on craftmanship skills like pottery, wood sculpting and fine art. Students sell their works to the public in their showroom.
Yanine Santana, 20, works on a tattoo for Andrea Osorio, 25, at the second Expo Tatuaje Internacional, which took place from May 18-19 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas state, Mexico. Santana is known for using sustainable materials in her work as a tattoo artist. She was one of over 100 tattoo artists from all over the world who participated in the exposition.
Ericka Galizio, 36, shows off her juggling skills in the central park in Nebaj, Quiché, Guatemala. Galizio, who is originally from Italy, travels around Guatemala and performs her juggling show on request, hoping to share her art and creative expression with women in the area.
Selmor Mtukudzi, daughter of Zimbabwean jazz musician Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, and the Black Spirits perform some of her father’s hits at Radio Park, in Zvishavane, Zimbabwe. Tuku, as he was known by fans, passed away early in 2019. Since his passing, Selmor has been touring locally and internationally with her sister to commemorate their father, donating the proceeds to his arts center in Norton, Zimbabwe.
Sarah Phinaely, 19, (left) applies makeup for Marie Léda Pétion, 15, before a dance performance in Carrefour, a commune of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Aside from dancing, Phinaely aspires to become a model and a professional makeup artist.
Gadzikai Ngidzi makes a giraffe sculpture out of recycled wire from worn out tires, on Churchill Road in Harare, Zimbabwe. Ngidzi and his business partner, Josesph Mandirazi (back), have been making wire sculptures completely by hand since 2007. They sell their work for anywhere between 25 to 500 RTGS dollars (about $6 to $119), depending on the size of the piece.
Actor and student Alejandro Garza, 22, rehearses his role in “Construyendo la Carne,” a play performed at the Centro Universitario de Teatro in Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City. The play questions social constructs of gender and how they can be separated from the body. Garza plays the role of a drag artist and a transgender woman, among other characters.
Charlene Mangweni portrays Ruwadzano, a character who resorts to unorthodox methods to have a child, on the opening night of the play “Ukama,” staged at Theatre In The Park in the Harare Gardens in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mangweni also plays the role of Michelle, a sex worker trying to make ends meet. “Ukama,” which means “relations” in the Shona language, has been nominated for three merit awards from the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe this year.
Victor Musarurwa, popularly known as DJ Moto Kupisa, entertains guests at a restaurant in the city center of Mutare, Zimbabwe. Musarurwa sings and DJs while dancing to the music he plays on the speaker he wears. When not performing, he sells CDs and emcees events.
Ronald Sgeca (right) and Cadrick Msongelwa perform a scene of a play where prisoners sing as they engage in manual labor, a common practice in local prisons in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The play, performed in the Bulawayo Amphitheatre, addresses the hard labor, language and hierarchy experienced in Zimbabwean prisons. The two-man show, staged by actors who have not served time in prison, is called Zandezi and produced by the Zimbabwe Theatre Academy.
Entertainers and stilt-walkers Agaba January (left) and Kazoora Ronald, known as the Jungle Boys, read funny news articles while performing at Buy Uganda Build Uganda, a campaign promoting national businesses at the Kololo Independence Grounds in the capital city of Kampala. One of their made-up news articles reads, "The citizens of Bwaise are collecting money to buy diapers for dressing up their ducks which litter the city."