Past Event

Expresso Yourself: Public Art & the Fight Against Street Harassment

May 27, 2020
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Columbia Health Sexual Violence Response will be in conversation with Visual Artist, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh regarding her work addressing the issue of street harassment at the intersections of identity. Focusing on her public art project and book, Stop Telling Women to Smile, Tatyana will discuss the origin and execution of her work globally. She will walk us through some of her pieces and share her process as well as the many stories of street harassment that she has elevated and brought to light. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a Black / Iranian visual artist and Oklahoma City native.

She is a painter whose work ranges from the gallery to the streets, using visual art to address the daily oppressive experiences of marginalized people through beautifully drawn and painted portraits. Her street art series, “Stop Telling Women to Smile,” addressing sexual harassment in public spaces, can be found on walls across the globe. In 2019, she was the inaugural Public Artist in Residence for the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Fazlalizadeh has been profiled by the New York Times, NPR, MSNBC, the New Yorker, Time Magazine. Fazlalizadeh’s work can be seen on Spike Lee's Netflix series, She's Gotta Have It, for which she is also served as the show's art consultant.

In 2020, Tatyana's debut book Stop Telling Women to Smile: Stories of Street Harassment and How We're Taking Back Our Power released from Seal Press. She is based in Brooklyn, NY. 

Contact Information

Columbia Health Sexual Violence Response
212-854-HELP (4357)