Stop Telling Women to Smile

Gallery 4–7pm
  • Regular FREE


Opening Reception:

Thursday, August 7, 6-9pm


Closing Reception:

Thursday, September 4, 6-9pm


"Stop Telling Women to Smile" will be on display from 4-7pm and during evening events, Monday thru Friday.


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Presented in partnership with Envision, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP is pleased to exhibit the work of painter and illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

"Stop Telling Women to Smile" is an art series by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. The work attempts to address gender based street harassment by placing drawn portraits of women, composed with captions that speak directly to offenders, outside in public spaces. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is an illustrator/painter based in Brooklyn, mostly known for her oil paintings. Having recently branched out into public art as a muralist, "STWTS" was born out of the idea that street art can be an impactful tool for tackling street harassment. "STWTS" started in Brooklyn in the fall of 2012, and is an on-going, traveling series that 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.

Photographs of Fazlalizadeh's wheat paste illustrations installed around the world will be on display at the Media Center, along with an original chalk illustration. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the series and respond to the work via social media using #STWTSmile

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is visual artist and native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Fazlalizadeh, who currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, after years in Philadelphia, is a traditional oil painter. Her painting work crosses genres from muralist to freelance illustrator. She exhibits her paintings in galleries across the country, while completing illustration commissions for magazines, films, and books.  Her work focuses on portraiture with social/political themes. Over the past year, Fazlalizadeh's work has been covered by The New York Times, NPR, MSNBC, and other media. She has lectured about her work at Brooklyn Museum and colleges across the country. Currently, Tatyana is producing a public art series titled "Stop Telling Women to Smile" that has garnered attention around the world for bringing light to street harassment and women's rights via visual art. http://www.tlynnfaz.com

Envision is a unique partnership between the Independent Filmmaker Project and the United Nations Department of Public Information, built on the shared belief that storytelling and documentary film can be powerful tools in building a better future for all people. http://envisionfilm.org

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