Macrina Mateo works on a piece of pottery in San Marcos Tlapazola, a town in Mexico’s Oaxaca state. This community in the Central Valleys region is inhabited by the Zapotec people and is known for pottery made from the yellow and red clay around its mountains.
Mawe Mawe, a musician, rehearses outside his home in Kitukutwe, a neighborhood in Uganda’s Wakiso district. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Mawe has turned to tailoring clothes to earn an income.
Cristian Romero, a dancer, producer and the director of the Mas Beat dance academy, performs for drivers at a red light in the El Carmen neighborhood of Puebla, Puebla, Mexico. Since dance companies and art centers have closed, artists like Romero have taken to the streets to share their routines for donations. “We have no choice but to put our hearts into it,” Romero says.
Sharon “Chachi” González Colón one of the original founders of Colectivo Moriviví, a collective of women artists, paints a mural of a girl with soapy hands and bubbles, titled, “El Distanciamiento es Físico No Social” in Santurce, a neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The mural intends to be a message of prevention, support and solidarity in the face of the coronavirus.
Karen Cerón, right, helps Karla Rey prepare for a dance performance in downtown Mexico City, Mexico, during “Contigo en la distancia,” which means “with you at a distance.” For LGBTTTIQ+ Pride Day, the National Coordination of Dance hosted the daylong event – which included live dance performances, classes and talks – on its social networks.
Margad-Erdene Erdenebileg, 18, left, and Yusunkhusel Gantumur, 11, center, wear traditional garments called deels and play the morin khuur, a horsehead fiddle, with members of the Altan Mazaalai band in Dalanzadgad, the capital of Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. The band played at the grand opening of a new theater, where children disinfected their hands and wore face masks and disposable shoe covers.
Brian Waniboth, behind the easel, and his nephew Brighten Jakisa paint outside Waniboth’s home in Uganda’s Wakiso district. They are painting prominent Ugandans, including Bobi Wine, to sell as the country heads toward a presidential election in 2021.
Ivan Pulido, right, and Sergio Nájera, get ready for a live, socially distanced show with the dance company México de Colores. The show is part of the event “Contigo a la distancia” at the Shakespeare Forum in downtown Mexico City. “Every rehearsal, every show, every chance we get to step onstage is a kind of magic that can only be lived by being there,” Pulido says.
Shinebayar Narankhuu livestreams a piano lesson from Play Music, a music store in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. About 100 people are watching the livestream. The store doesn’t usually offer lessons, but it’s helping customers pass time during the coronavirus lockdown with free online instruction.
Ringo Ramazani, the conductor of a music band known as Jeu du Ciel, sings and plays guitar at an event put on in honor of a visit from Carly Nzanzu Kasivita, the governor of North Kivu province, in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Politicians, members of political parties and people from all walks of life gathered for the occasion.
Luis Alberto Aguilar Hernández pastes letters on the flower façade he made with his artisan colleagues at the Parish of San Matías in the borough of Iztacalco in eastern Mexico City. It’s a tradition to place such façades at the entrance of churches and parishes during religious celebrations in the area. “I have been doing this since I was a kid. I like it a lot seeing it when we put it up. I see all of my work captured in it,” Hernández says.
Anita Ierace presents a light show that she created on an analog projector at a bookstore in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. The aim of the show, which combines sounds and music with light and color, is to “open the doors to the consciousness of sound and color where the combination of music and light is the result of a synthesized journey that transcends perception.”
Mayito Patrick, a sculptor, paints a finished sculpture of a goose at his workshop in Masaka, a city in southern Uganda. He displays work at the space, called Richiex Art Gallery, on a stage known as the Welcome Stage.
Javier Vélez displays his artisanal woodwork in at a public market known as Art Walk in Rincón, Puerto Rico. Artisans from Rincón and neighboring towns come every week to sell their wares or crops, since the town gets a lot of tourism. It is common to smell coffee and hear people speaking and enjoying the cheerful atmosphere.
Mireya Blanco Martínez performs her solo accordion project, called Mirelle Acordeónika, for the first time in a secondhand bookstore in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. The performance includes Romanian, Russian, French and Argentine pieces, as well as melodies that she learned for the pleasure of playing them. She has played the accordion for just five years.
Kudakwashe Jimu, 17, carefully threads a wire through beads to make an animal doll. He learned to make dolls like this from a relative, and now sells them from his stall at a market in Harare, Zimbabwe. He also makes key rings and Christmas decorations.
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.