Sometimes when walking around the Mission by myself I would get advice from men on how I looked prettier: smile, they would say. This advice was received by a frowning face, coached beforehand by my feminist mother.
“Stop Telling Women To Smile” is a series of posters by Brooklyn-based artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh that will be in an exhibit at an Oakland gallery.
To further help spread the message, Fazlalizadeh has taken her series on the road, creating city-specific posters, installing them across the country and abroad, and asking for help from local women who want to be involved in her campaign.
Locally, the “Stop Telling Women to Smile” exhibit will show at Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland, where last month, Fazlalizadeh was an artist-in-residence and led workshops and discussions about gender-based street harassment. The resulting show, which opens this Friday, March 7, will feature new works created during the workshops, along with posters from previous city campaigns. READ MORE HERE.