Coney Island Youth is a mural featuring drawings of children and teenagers from Coney Island. Following last year’s Coney Island Portraits, this mural is a continuation of making art that engages the community members of this neighborhood. Each person drawn in the mural is a child who lives in and is a part of the Coney Island community, whom I sat with, photographed, and eventually featured in this artwork. It was important for me to allow space for people who live in Coney Island to see themselves at Coney Art Walls.
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is a 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient. She is the creator of “Stop Telling Women to Smile”, an international street art series that tackles gender based street harassment. The public art series can be found on walls across the globe, amassing international attention for tackling violence against women in public spaces. Tatyana has been profiled by The New York Times, NPR, and listed as one of Brooklyn’s most influential people by Brooklyn Magazine. She has lectured at the Brooklyn Museum, New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, several universities including Stanford, Brown, USC, and Pratt Institute. Her work has been featured on TV networks BET and Oxygen as well as Spike Lee’s feature film Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in several cities across the states.