Tatyana Fazlalizadeh - Painter
I'm a portrait painter. I want to communicate social and political ideas to the viewer of my work through the eyes of the other human being shown in my painting.
The black male in America is and, has been, a target of America's fear. America fears him on the news. Fears him on the street at night, fears his ethnic name, fears his clothing, fears that he is a constant danger of criminality. Victim of American Fear (Inspired by Sean Bell and Oscar Grant) are paintings that express this fear.
These paintings, portraits of young black men with targets painted onto their torsos, depict the casual and perpetual killing of black men. They are to express the way that black men are profiled as intimidating, criminal beings who are to be feared, where the use of violence against them, whether provoked or not, is justifiable. The Oscar Grant/Joannes Mehrsele case is an example of this. Sean Bell is an example of this. Countless other unnamed murders of black men are examples of this.
Tatyana was one of the artists in the group exhibition Do You Hear Us?
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Victims of Fear Series inspired by Sean Bell 20 x 24 Oil on Canvas 2010
Victims of Fear Series inspired by Oscar Grant 20 x 24 Oil on Canvas 2011
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