Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s posters about street harassment have gotten plenty of attention recently. From the New York Times to Fast Co, Fazlalizadeh’s posters have raised raised eyebrows because they’re so simple and to the point. They feature a simple aesthetic, usually a hand-drawn face of a black woman with notes that ring true for most women who’ve been harassed on the street. Captions have messages like, “My name is not baby”, and “Stop telling women to smile.”
Fast Co.’s Zak Stone caught up with Fazlalizadeh recently and the artist revealed the strategy she’s used to place the ads.
“I’ve put them in places where I’ve personally been harassed, and where I know street harassment is prevalent—which, honestly is everywhere,” she told Stone. “So, I’ve placed them on mailboxes in downtown business areas, on abandoned buildings in residential areas, on spare walls in tourist areas. Anywhere I can.”
See more of Fazlalizadeh’s work at her Tumblr, “Stop Telling Women to Smile.”