Stop Telling Women to Smile is a public art series that addresses gender-based street harassment. Created by the Brooklyn-based artist, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, portraits of women who have told their stories of harassment are posted on outdoor walls as a way to speak directly to offenders.
On her Kickstarter page, Fazlalizadeh writes, “I started this project as a way to explore social activism through public art. I wanted to express myself and address the type of harassment that I was personally experiencing in Philadelphia and Brooklyn. As a portrait artist I wanted to use the images of women, personal friends and colleagues of mine, to humanize women in the public spaces–giving faces and voices to the bodies that are sexualized on the street.”