Tomas Ayuso

6x6 North and Central America Talent:
Tomas Ayuso, Honduras

“By weaving intimate portraits into the greater narratives of the stories Ayuso makes, he strives to tell compassionate but unflinching looks into the peoples of the Americas.” - Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo, Colombia, photographer, teacher, editor and 6x6 nominator

Tomas Ayuso is a Honduran writer and visual storyteller whose work focuses on Latin American conflict as it relates to the drug war, forced displacement, and urban dispossession. He is a National Geographic Explorer (2017), a Magnum Foundation Fellow (2018), and an Open Society Foundations' Grantee and Artist (2018).

The Right to Grow Old: Los(t) Boys of CDMX

High atop the periphery of Mexico City, far from the Honduran Caribbean that expelled them, Theo and his chosen brothers climb up to their rented flat. In their new home, some twenty migrant youths live, struggle and persevere together - far from La Ceiba. Here, the Hondurans formed a new family made up of people displaced by the troubles that overran their country. It's in this unfinished, crumbling blue building in Mexico that the Afro-Honduran boys from the Caribbean try to secure their right to life. This story is from a greater project that illustrates through interlinked chapters - set in Honduras, Mexico and the United States - how Hondurans have had their guarantee of life stripped from them by varying kinds of violence, corruption and dispossession. In countless at-risk communities across Honduras, along the migrant route to the United States, and among the far reaches of the recent diaspora, this project tells the stories that capture the source and impact of Honduran migration.

The Right to Grow Old: The Prologue to Displacement from Honduras

Triggered by a decade of violence, corruption, and scarcity, Hondurans are confronting their collapsing communities and choosing to flee toward the perceived shelter across borders. This project renders visible the man-made catastrophe of forced migration. In the murky outskirts of San Pedro Sula, a boy faces this very existential choice: to stay, or to run from his home. As friends he grew up with enlist in gangs, his father urges him to leave a Honduras he believes is mortally wounded. Moises, the protagonist of this story, feels the pressure from both sides as he recognizes how desperate life in Honduras is getting but still he refuses to leave. As he considers his options, a dramatic turn in his personal life forces the youth to make up his mind before it’s too late.