Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is an African-American and Iranian artist originally from Oklahoma. She has recently been acclaimed for her project, “ Stop Telling Women To Smile,” which has had an impactful national presence. Her paintings are heartfelt portraits of both herself, and people she has casually encountered throughout her life. Fazlalizadeh’s self-portraits capture her strength as a woman, an attribute that initially provoked her to create the “Stop Telling Women to Smile” project.

Sakia, Sakia, Sakia, Sakia


Sakia Gunn was a teenager in Newark who was stabbed by a man after she and her friends refused him on the street. Sakia was 15, black, a girl, and gay.

Fazlalizadeh’s work revolves around street harassment, and her ongoing activist work “Stop Telling Women to Smile”. Sakia Gunn should be seen and visible. The title, Sakia, Sakia, Sakia, Sakia emphasizes Sakia’s legacy by asking you to repeat her name over and over again.

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