Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

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Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is an illustrator/painter, mostly known for her oil paintings. Having recently branched out into public art as a muralist, Stop Telling Women To Smile (STWTS) was born out of the idea that street art can be an impactful tool for tackling street harassment. It's fitting to say I learned of Tatyana's work during a project presentation in my Womanism and the Black Feminist Thought class. Below I share some of my favorites from her. 

  Victim of American Fear (Inspired by Oscar Grant)  , oil on canvas, 2011

Victim of American Fear (Inspired by Oscar Grant), oil on canvas, 2011

  Judith  , oil and paper on canvas, 2011

Judith, oil and paper on canvas, 2011

  Seed  , oil on canvas, 2015

Seed, oil on canvas, 2015

  Sweet Thing Mother of Jesus  , oil on canvas, 2010

Sweet Thing Mother of Jesus, oil on canvas, 2010

Stop Telling Women to Smile

Stop Telling Women to Smile is a street art project that addresses gender based street harassment. 

The project consists of a series of portraits of women - women who I have sat talked with about their experiences with harassment. The portraits are designed into posters, including text that is inspired by the subject's experiences. And then I wheat paste. 

STWTS started in Brooklyn in the fall of 2012. It is an on-going, travelling series and will gradually include many cities and many women participants. 

Street harassment is a serious issue that affects women world wide. This project takes women’s voices, and faces, and puts them in the street - creating a bold presence for women in an environment where they are so often made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe. 

Connect with Tatyana via her website --