Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is an African-American and Iranian artist perhaps best known for the “Stop Telling Women to Smile” public art series. This series addresses gender-based street harassment, a serious issue that affects women world-wide, including on college campuses. “Stop Telling Women to Smile” is a series of portraits of women who have talked with Fazlalizadeh about their own experiences with street harassment. Fazlalizadeh adds statements to the portraits, such as “Stop telling women to smile,” “My name is not baby, shorty, sexy, sweetie, honey, pretty” or “My outfit is not an invitation.” The artist’s goal is two-fold: to create a bold presence for women in an environment where they are often made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe and to stop men from harassing women by helping them to realize their actions and comments are not okay.
While at Northeastern, Tatyana will lead classes that examine the many ways that women are harassed, and how activism can be visualized. She will also lead students and young people on wheat-pasting expeditions in the city of Boston and on Northeastern University’s campus. Finally, she will join a panel of experts on Title IX and the Clery Act to discuss how college campuses can be made safe and welcoming for women.
Check out this NY Times Article about Tatyana’s Work, and watch the video on Vimeo.
Partners: Communication Studies, Northeastern’s Public Art initiative
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