This interview with Pavel Égüez – a Latin American painter and muralist – discusses the situation in Ecuador and his new series of paintings, Cuarantena (‘Quarantine’). He calls on artists to reflect and participate in the struggles of the people – because it is social and political movements that provide the ‘thesis of the future’. He shares with us what it means to not only stay alive in these times, but to stay human.

We sat down with Li Zhong (李钟) at a small open-air tea house run by a friend of a friend; Zhong is a painter of the Shanghai Academy of Painting and Calligraphy and president of the Fengxian District Artist Association.