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"Stop Telling Women to Smile" is a street art project that addresses gender based street harassment, a serious issue that affects women worldwide. The project includes a series of portraits of women, with one installation located in Chicago.
Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh spoke with victims about their experiences with harassment. Then, she combined the women's voices and faces in street art, creating a bold presence for women in an environment where they are so often made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe.
Tatyana first sketches the portraits onto posters and then wheat pastes them on the street. This techniques allow viewers see detailed strokes and exquisite texture. In the mural, women are different ethnicities. Tatyana draws attention to the eyes and uses only black and white, which allows viewers to focus more on the image as a whole and to observe the infinite mutations of a single color.
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is an American artist, activist, and freelance illustrator. She is of black and Iranian descent. In 2012, Tatyana began to use street art to speak out against the street harassment of women. Her campaign, "Stop Telling Women To Smile," is based upon interviews conducted with women about their experiences of public sexual harassment.