‘Stop Telling Women to Smile’ Coming to UM March 16-18

March 05, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Student Involvement Network will host Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, the artist behind “Stop Telling Women to Smile,” on Monday, March 16.

She will present at 7 p.m. in the University Center Theater on Monday and again during an art installation and reception slated for 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, in the UC South Atrium. 

“Stop Telling Women to Smile” is an art series by Fazlalizadeh. The work attempts to address gender-based street harassment by placing drawn portraits of women, composed with captions that speak directly to offenders, outside in public spaces. 

Fazlalizadeh is an illustrator and painter based in Brooklyn, New York. She primarily is known for her oil paintings. Having recently branched out into public art as a muralist, “Stop Telling Women to Smile” was born out of the idea that street art can be an impactful tool for tackling street harassment. 

“Stop Telling Women to Smile” started in Brooklyn in the fall of 2012. It is an ongoing, traveling series and will gradually include many cities and many women participants. 

Street harassment is a serious issue that affects women worldwide. This project takes women’s voices and faces, and puts them in the street – creating a bold presence for women in an environment where they so often are made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe.

Contact: Kathleen Stone, coordinator, Student Involvement Network, 406-243-5622, kathleen.stone@mso.umt.edu.