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'Shirt' tales

In Shelley's Niro's "The Shirt," a series of nine photographs on light boxes, an undeniable message emerges.

One photo shows a woman in a T-shirt printed with the words "My Ancestors / were / annihalated [sic] / exterminated / murdered and / massacred."

The words in the next photograph: "All's I got / was this / shirt."

Niro, a Niagara Falls-born Mohawk artist, will give a talk at the University at Buffalo Art Gallery (Center for the Arts, UB North Campus) at 6:30 p.m. Monday in conjunction with an exhibition of her work titled "Shelley Niro: Outside the Columns." The show opens with a reception and world premiere screening of Niro's latest short film, "Hunger," at 5 p.m. Thursday.

A further selection of films will be shown as part of the exhibition at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (341 Delaware Ave.) on Jan. 24.

Exhibition organizers say they hope the show will create a dialogue about "sovereignty, representation, and cultural tenacity beyond the grand narrative of the colonizer and the colonized."

-- Colin Dabkowski

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