A naked and terrified Vietnamese girl runs out of a cloud of napalm. A suited man falls head-first from the collapsing World Trade Center. A hooded figure hangs lifelessly in an Abu Ghraib prison cell.

Photographs have a way of sticking with us long after we first see them. Images linger in a much more visceral way than words do.

Images saturate the contemporary world in a way that was never imagined back when photography involved heavy cameras on tripods and unsmiling subjects standing immobile for minutes on end.

Once trusted to capture reality and truth, photographs now stir debate

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UB professor and transdisciplinary artist Shasti O’Leary Soudant’s high-concept, large-scale exhibits are known for getting people talking.

Her latest project, bound for two lakeside locations in Erie, Pennsylvania, is bound to get people listening, as well.

O’Leary Soudant, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Art, College of Arts and Sciences, is one of seven artists selected by Erie Arts & Culture to be partnered with less-established Erie-area artisans to create works for the Creating with Community Artist Residency Program. The project was designed to empower local artists from underrepresented backgrounds, and to create opportunities for them to engage in

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