Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is not afraid to challenge social opinion head on to make the viewer consider her message.

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh's street art tackles sexual harassment
Philadelphia - NOV 05, 2013

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a street artist that explores social problems directly through her art and urban interventions. One of her most famous projects is the series 'Stop telling women to smile'. The North American artist, currently based in Philadelphia, addresses gender based harassment. 

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh's street art tackles sexual harassment

©Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

The main concept behind the project is the fact that street harassment, in this case towards women, is not something acceptable. The series is made up by different posters, all in black and white, that show strong willed women responding to catcalls or inappropriate comments. Each image has a different straight forward phrase, like the one that lends its name to the series, or "women are not outside for your entertainment."

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh's street art tackles sexual harassment

©Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

As usual, politically charged street art always causes very different social opinions. After being hung up in different cities, the posters have created a polarized social debate. As the artist herself explains, that both men and women do not agree with the project is to be expected. The project is truly aimed to empower women who do feel offended by unwelcome treatment from men.

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh's street art tackles sexual harassment

©Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

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