It’s like having an activist on the streets – but then again I think of most street artist with a message as such. It’s just that I’ve never seen one geared towards women in this way.
Brooklyn based artist,Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is peddling social activism into the realm of public art, addressing gender based street harassment. The Stop Telling Women to Smile street art features black & white portraits of women from multiple cultures sport strong powerful eyes that look out at the viewer as if they were speaking the messages from the posters aloud. Fazalaizadeh says “the project attempts to take women’s voices and faces and put them in the street – creating a presence for women in an environment where women are a lot of times made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe – outside in the street. ” There are real women behind these drawings who humanize Fazlalizadeh’s campaign – that so far, to my knowledge has just been seen in Philadelphia and Brooklyn.
But she’s on the move. With the successful funding of her recent KickStarter and the support of Hollaback and StopStreetHarassment.org: Baltimore, Atlanta, San Francisco, Miami, Kansas City, Los Angeles and Chicago stops are in the works.
If you can’t wait to see them in your neighborhood, you can look into participating in the campaign through the projects dedicated website.
*pic 1,3 (philly found) courtesy Ginger Rudolph. pic 2,4,5 (brooklyn found) via Tatyana Fazlalizadeh website.