Indigenous men and women wearing masks at the wake of Cacique Messias Martins

Spotlight

Eyes on COVID-19

Our latest Spotlight holds a collection of COVID-related articles.

If you would be interested in contributing articles or photographs, please contact June Carolyn Erlick, jerlick@fas.harvard.edu.

Articles

January Articles

Vaccine Revolts

Vaccine Revolts

In the past eight months, conservative Brazilian politicians have invoked rights against public health mandates at least twice. In June, Congresswoman Carla Zambelli falsely claimed that a federal bill allowed “unconstitutional home invasions” to enforce mask usage inside…

Auto-Confinement

Auto-Confinement

During a month of self-confinement I managed to understand how fragile we can be and what my true priorities are: protecting my family and continuing photographic work more personal and introspective, hoping that what I have experienced now is a lesson for…

Journeys

Journeys

English + Español
The lockdown provoked by Covid-19 in Peru has left many people without an income, obliging tens of thousands of migrants in Lima to return home to their families in the Andes and the Amazon…

Forbidden Embrace

Forbidden Embrace

In 2020, the pandemic crisis has hit the Brazilian Amazon hard. Indigenous communities are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 and its severe consequences, due to historical and socio-economic factors  aggravated by the persistence of colonial practices in their native…

Past Months

The Long Wait

The Long Wait

English + Español
Mario Lorenzana, gravedigger at the “Jardín” cemetery in the municipality of Soyapango, in San Salvador, takes a brief break among the lush vegetation after performing a burial under Covid-19 protocols with her fellow gravediggers, during long and exhausting stints with…

The WhatsApp Experience

The WhatsApp Experience

A relatively young commercial city of around 80,000 inhabitants in the Colombian vast oriental plainlands received about 18,000 internally displaced persons of the country’s longstanding

Beyond Indifference

Beyond Indifference

English + Español
Mexico is intense; intense in living or in dying, in feeling or ignoring. I believe that all Latin America is that way, through a certain intangible but undoubtedly present brotherhood…

The Heart in the Vanguard

The Heart in the Vanguard

English + Español
These photographs were taken in the neighborhood where I was born, Altahabana in the city of Havana, Cuba. I went out to accompany medical students two days in a row, first, close to an hour going up and down five flights of stairs in two buildings with 30 different…

The Covid-19 Crisis and Populism in Brazil

The Covid-19 Crisis and Populism in Brazil

English + Português
As a researcher in the history of the relationship between law and slavery, I’ve observed the impacts that biological events can have on the course of national policies. As historians like Sidney Chalhoub and Tana Hogarth have pointed out, yellow fever epidemics not only helped…

Gaming, Mexico and the Impact of Covid-19

Gaming, Mexico and the Impact of Covid-19

English + Español
Covid-19, as we all know, has affected the world in surprising ways. It sent the gaming industry worldwide skyrocketing in 2020. It forced the hands of corporations to rethink their brick & mortar recruitment strategy, as the pandemic forced gamers worldwide to quarantine…

Order and Disorder in the Contemporary City

Order and Disorder in the Contemporary City

English + Español
As a rule, cities are my favorite place to reflect on identity and territory. But, what is identity in a situation in which architecture, history and even the garden are valued more than the landscape? I don’t have the answer, but I can only affirm that the more cities…

Media Solitude

Media Solitude

English + Español
There is a family here. A family like any other, a family like no other, like all families: a blend of love and hate, of mixed, nuanced feelings; rocked by contradictions and conflicts. Family, this peculiar comunitarian structure, particularly problematic, even when emblematic…

Warped Time

Warped Time

Collective isolation is a centrifugal force: as we spin around the axis of public health and growing public fear, we are crushed against our inner walls, which separate us from anyone on the other side. In Santiago, while we quarantined between May and September, we…

Without Hurrying, but without Pausing

Without Hurrying, but without Pausing

English + Español
A specter has begun to float around the world: a new social pact. This notion-proposal is just about everywhere at global forums, common sense among politicians on both the right and left and constantly present in the international press. And this seems normal…

The Luxury of Social Isolation

The Luxury of Social Isolation

The Covid-19 pandemic swept through Paraisópolis, one of the biggest favelas in São Paulo, Brazil, a place with one of the worst Human Index scores in the country—that includes measures of poverty, health, education, welfare and access to public services…

Reflecting on Covid-19: Seven Sundays

Reflecting on Covid-19: Seven Sundays

English + Español
We always have lived with the constant tic tac of a global rhythm, like if we are in a military training where there is no place for rest and need to be more efficient and productive each day. Everybody should have high performance in all aspects of life, more degrees, courses…

Peri Alto, a Suburban Pandemic

Peri Alto, a Suburban Pandemic

The Peri Alto favela, in the northern suburbs of São Paulo, reflects the structure of the Brazilian society.  At the top of the mountain there are the most solid houses, built in the 70s, when from the northeast of Brazil people emigrated to São Paulo in search of fortune. From the…

Reflecting on the Work of Emi Takahashi

Reflecting on the Work of Emi Takahashi

Emi Takahashi’s work presents at this very troubled moment in our society are not the outcome of chance, but of a journey of great dedication and perseverance. Escaping the clichés of the contemporary world and the immediate and flat images of social media has proved…

El jardín pandémico

El jardín pandémico

English + Español
Imagine the tranquility of a garden. With the aroma of flowers mixed in with the buzzing of bees and the contrast of shady trees against the fierce Paraguayan sun. From the intimacy of a family garden in which daily ritual leads one to water the plants, gather up the dry leaves…

The Days and the Neighbors I Didn’t Know I Had

The Days and the Neighbors I Didn’t Know I Had

English + Español
Now there is time to sit and watch. Life becomes contemplation of the landscape of the windows, the waiting and the observation arereleased, because the time is presented in a strange way. Daily rituals that remained invisible and that are now part of our stories and…

The Pandemic in Venezuela

The Pandemic in Venezuela

Latin America is the world’s epicenter of Covid-19, with more than 10 million cases and 400,000 deaths as of November 1. The region’s countries have nine of the world’s 16 highest mortality rates per 100,000, with Peru claiming the dubious distinction of the highest rate after…

Image, Pandemic, Return: the Drama of Venezuelan Migrants

Image, Pandemic, Return: the Drama of Venezuelan Migrants

English + Español
Two girls look at each other intently, they are standing up and their raised hands move to a song to clap along that makes their afternoon happy. An expression of joy can be seen in both, though one has half her face covered by a face mask. The space they occupy, the moment…

Afrodescendants and Covid-19

Afrodescendants and Covid-19

English + Español
As an Afro-descendant Chilean who is also an activist in my community, I am constantly struck by our exclusion from the conversation about the impact of Covid-19. We know for a fact that the pandemic affects the most vulnerable members of the society. Afro-descendants are…

A Look at Mexico City

A Look at Mexico City

English + Español
I live in a city of twenty million people. A city usually filled with cars and people that one day became empty. Sidewalks, parks, and other spaces are now abandoned, without any figures, not even passing shadows. This was once unimaginable. But the city I was born …

Living in The Covid Years

Living in The Covid Years

In August 2020, thousands paraded in classic cars and lowriders in East Los Angeles, as Chicanas and Chicanos celebrated the 50th anniversary of the National Chicano Moratorium to remember when 30,000 marched in peaceful protest to question the overrepresentation…

Pandemic and Crisis

Pandemic and Crisis

English + Español
The Covid-19 pandemic is without a doubt a universal phenomenon, not only because of its geographic extension, but perhaps even more important, because of the way it permeates absolutely every aspect of our societies. It’s not enough to just understand the…

The Covid-19 Pandemic and a Deep Dive into My Emotional World

The Covid-19 Pandemic and a Deep Dive into My Emotional World

English + Español
The COVID-19 pandemic came in a year that I predicted would be emotive. Actually, the first two months were quite thrilling. In February I celebrated my wedding in a magical country house in the Colombian Coffee region, where we danced and celebrated with…

Reflecting on the Work of Rodrigo Abd

Reflecting on the Work of Rodrigo Abd

English + Español
Peru’s capital is a notoriously gray, solemn city. Limeños can go weeks without seeing the sun, catching just a pale glimpse of its radiance behind the clouds. As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc here, Lima’s overcast disposition seems to match the…

Teaching University Students in Chile’s Pandemic

Teaching University Students in Chile’s Pandemic

English + Español
As a law  professor, I’ve seen in the last few months how the capacity for innovation in the university system has not previously been appreciated.  I’ve also observed a positive impact in teaching that has forced us to evaluate practices and to have increasing concern…

My Time

My Time

English + Español
A few days before the mandatory quarantine was declared in Chile, I thought it was best to leave Santiago. We knew the situation was very serious, but we did not know how the pandemic would actually be experienced. I know how to live with an earthquake; as a historian, I…

The Pretension of Total Power in the Age of Covid-19

The Pretension of Total Power in the Age of Covid-19

English + Español
Next year, presidential elections are scheduled to be held in Nicaragua, and a new National Assembly would assume office. The good faith of the regime of Daniel Ortega, if such a thing existed, should already be demonstrating, in a race against the clock in this time of Covid-19…

Guatemala: Slow-Motion Collapse

Guatemala: Slow-Motion Collapse

English + Español
Guatemala is in the middle of the Pacific Ring of Fire; a country the size of Tennessee, it is threatened by four tectonic plates and has almost 300 volcanos. Here, we have all grown up with tremors, and some of us remember the last “great” earthquake: that of 1976, which…

Mourning in the Time of Covid

Mourning in the Time of Covid

Dery Dyer, the former owner, publisher and editor of The Tico Times, a newspaper in Costa Rica, known as a champion of free and independent press, died of lung cancer in her home in a suburb of that nation’s capital of San José Friday Sept.25, said her husband…