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Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

 image source kingtexas.net

 image source kingtexas.net

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 -- tlynnfaz.com