Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

Whose Property?

An Artist Takes on Public Harassment with Public Art

Tired of cat-calls, one Brooklyn-based artist decided to confront the practice with a public art project, “Stop Telling Women to Smile."

Tired of cat-calls, one Brooklyn-based artist decided to confront the practice with a public art project, “Stop Telling Women to Smile.” Tatyana Fazlalizadeh began posting self-portraits in Bed-Stuy 18 months ago (The Daily Beast interviewed her about her work in August) and ultimately interviewed more than a dozen women about their experience with public sexual harassment.  The women shared their feelings of objectification and demoralization; Tatyana photographed them and designed posters with their images above statements such as “My Outfit Is Not an Invitation,” or “Women Do Not Owe You Their Time or Conversation.”  The New York Times quotes her as saying “This is all about how women’s bodies are consumed and are considered public property for display, comment and consumption.” Her work has gone viral, appearing in Philadelphia, Washington, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and most recently Atlanta.Tatyana hung her “Stop Telling Women to smile” self-portrait at Alanta’s Krog Street Tunnel  on Friday night by Sunday the poster had been defaced with a spray-painted smile over her face and the words “Force It” underneath. Public property indeed. 

Read it at New York Times

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