This fall, the New York City Commission on Human Rights has partnered with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs for Public Artists in Residence (PAIR), a program embedding artists within city agencies to address pressing civic and social issues through creative practice. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Brooklyn-based street artist and painter has taken her project Stop Telling Women to Smile all over the world and will be making a stop here at WHC for a very special Weeksville Wedensday.
Fazlalizadeh, comissioned by CCHR, is creating murals around the city and inviting women and femmes of color to be co-collaborators. For the last two months, Weeksville has been collecting postcards asking women to share their experiences with gender-based street harassment and racism. This evening is your chance to convene with Fazlalizadeh and affirm each other in a safe space.
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, can be found on walls across the globe, tackling gender based street harassment through portraiture and storytelling. Tatyana has been profiled by the New York Times, NPR, MSNBC, the New Yorker, Time Magazine, and listed as one of Brooklyn’s most influential people by Brooklyn Magazine. She is a 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient. She has lectured at the Brooklyn Museum, New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, several universities including Stanford, Brown, USC, and Pratt Institute. Tatyana's work can currently be seen on Spike Lee's Netflix series, She's Gotta Have It, for which she is also the show's Art Consultant. She is currently the inaugural Public Artist in Residence for the New York City Commission on Human Rights. A year long residency that will present the experiences of racism and sexism from New Yorkers through public art. She is working on her first book, Stop Telling Women to Smile, with Seal Press. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.