To view Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s art is to be confronted. Intense gazes stare out from her oil paintings or wheatpaste posters, asserting space not only on a canvas or wall, but within the world, proclaiming their existence despite the hostility that might be directed at them.
Fazlalizadeh’s artwork often addresses topics like racism, sexism and oppression through bold, evocative portraiture. Her new exhibition, Oklahoma Is Black, opens Friday at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd.
“I think it’s important to address those issues because they’re incredibly significant and important to not just my life because I’m a black woman,” Fazlalizadeh said, “but they’re important to our country and our world and our society in general. I don’t think that those issues that face black and brown people or queer people or women are issues that are isolated and only affect them. They affect everyone.”
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