"Projects 95: Runa Islam" Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

poster for "Projects 95: Runa Islam" Exhibition

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British artist Runa Islam (b. 1970, Dhaka, Bangladesh) primarily works in film and video. Ostensibly austere and minimal, her works are marked by a rigorous logic of conception and a highly poetic style, and often involve the grammar of film—its use of framing, panning, zooming, editing, and projection. Her film "C I N E M A T O G R A P H Y" (2007), for instance, employs a motion control camera previously used for the "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy; silently panning across a landscape and a studio interior, the camera traces the word "cinematography" in space. Islam's films can be playfully poetic and stunningly beautiful: for "First Day of Spring" (2005), which is in MoMA’s collection, the artist paid a group of rickshaw operators in Bangladesh to have a day of leisure in the middle of a public park, where she filmed them relaxing on their rickshaws under the shade of trees, calling into question the distinction between documentary and staged filmmaking. For "Projects 95," Islam will present a newly commissioned work.

[Image: Runa Islam "Magical Consciousness" (2010) 16mm film (black-and-white film, silent), 8:22. Commissioned by Museum Contemporary Art, Sydney, and Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Courtesy the artist and White Cube]



from May 27, 2011 to September 19, 2011


Runa Islam

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