Censored Chinese Artist's Photos Coming to NYC

The exhibition of Liu Xia's works at Columbia will be the only U.S. location where it will be held

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    A photograph from "The Silent Strength of Liu Xia", an exhibit of photographs by Liu Xia, wife of imprisoned 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo, which will be presented at Columbia University starting Feb. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Columbia University) NO SALES

    Photographs by Beijing artist Liu Xia will be shown at Columbia University next month. She's the wife of imprisoned 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.

    The photos were smuggled out of China just before Liu was placed under house arrest after her husband won the Nobel.

    The exhibition runs Feb. 9-March 1. It's the only U.S. location where it'll be held.

    Liu's works are censored in her native country.

    The series of 25 photos depict life-like dolls in various settings. One shows her husband holding a doll. In another, a tied-up doll sits in front of an open book.

    The Boulogne Museum outside Paris exhibited them in the fall.

    Liu Xiaobo was imprisoned in 2009 to 11years for urging democratic reform.