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  • 1970 Born Dhaka, Bangladesh

Lives and works in London

  • 2002-04 Master of Philosophy; Royal College of Art
  • 1997-98 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
  • 1995/ *90-92 Bachelor of Arts (Hons); Middlesex University/ Manchester Metropolitan University

Solo Exhibitions

2016

  • Verso, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Runa Islam, SF Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

2014

  • Anatomical Study, Kiosk, Ghent
  • L’exposition d’un film, Centre Pompidou, Paris (screening)

2012

  • The Move, Arter, Istanbul
  • Runa Islam, White Cube, London

2011

  • Projects 95: Runa Islam, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Runa Islam, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, USA
  • Volcanic Extravaganza, Fiorucci Art Trust, Stromboli

2010

  • Runa Islam Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  • Kivik Art 2010, Kivik Art Centre, Kivik, Sweden
  • Runa Islam, Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal, Montreal

2008

  • Restless Subject, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
  • Restless Subject, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Runa Islam featuring Tobias Putrih, White Cube, Hoxton Square, London
  • Empty the pond to get the fish, MUMOK, Vienna
  • The Restless Subject, ShugoArts, Tokyo
  • Lost Cinema Lost, Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena, Italy

2007

  • Centre of Gravity, National Museum of Art, Oslo
  • Be The First To See What You See As You See It, Two Rooms, Auckland Festival, Auckland
  • Centre of Gravity, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen

2006

  • Conditional Probability, Serpentine Gallery, London
  • Video invitational. Video in tutti i sensi, Viafarini, Milan
  • Room Service, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Malaga
  • Beyond the Museum/Beyond the Cinema, Hamburger Bahnhof and Cinema Arsenal, Berlin (Screening)

2005

  • How Far To Fårö, Museo di Arte e Contemporanea di Trento, Rovereto
  • Time Lines, White Cube, London
  • Be The First To See What You See As You See It, Hammer Projects, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
  • Runa Islam, Prospectif Cinema, Pompidou Centre, Paris (Screenings)
  • Focus on Runa Islam, 11th Biennale of Moving Images, Centre pour l’Image Contemporaine, Geneva (Screenings)
  • Time Lines, Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona
  • Out of the Picture, Camden Arts Centre, London
  • Scale (1/16 inch = 1 foot), Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • Visages & Voyages, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg

2004

  • Runa Islam: Scale (1/16 inch = 1 foot), Shugo Arts, Tokyo

2003

  • Director’s Cut (Fool for Love), Kunsthalle Wien, Karlsplatz Project Space, Vienna
  • Runa Islam, Film and Video Works Voralberger Kunstverein, Bregenz
  • Rapid Eye Movement, MIT List Visual Arts Centre, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • ‘Scale (1/16 inch = 1foot)’ at Owen Luder Car Park, Arena Launch and Baltic Event, Gateshead
  • Rapid Eye Movement, Camden Arts Centre Off Centre Event, Everyman Cinema, London (screening)

2002

  • Runa Islam, Film and Video, Danish Film Institute, Denmark (screening)

2001

  • One day a day will come, when a day will not come anymore, April in parking meters, Cologne
  • Director’s Cut (Fool for Love), White Cube, London

2000

  • Screen Test/ Unscript, Fig-1, London
  • Runa Islam, Tschumi Pavilion, Groningen

1999

  • Runa Islam at Impakt Film Festival, Begane Grond, Utrecht

Group Exhibitions

2016

  • Vis- a- vis, Diep-Haven, Château Musee, Dieppe
  • Prediction, curated by Milovan Farranato , Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo
  • Looking around corners, Turner Contempory, Margate
  • Ecran Ecrictures, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing (screenings)

2015

  • Lo Schermo dell Arte Film Festival, Florence (screenings)
  • L’Exposition d’un Film, Centre Pompidou, Paris (screening)
  • Fassbinder Now, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
  • Futuro Anteriore, EXPO Chicago, Chicago (screening)
  • PASS, curated by Kris Martin and Jan Hoet Jr, Mullem
  • Busts, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland

2014

  • Dream Location, Presentation House, Vancouver
  • The Present of Modernism, Mumok, Vienna
  • Contemporary16mm film, VIENNALE, Vienna (screening)
  • Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka

2013

  • Fassbinder NOW, Deutsches Film Institut, Frankfurt am Main
  • Black Sun, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon
  • Stately, Yes, ESBA, Angers
  • On Dithering, Kunstverein Stuttgart
  • Re:emerge: Towards a New Cultural Cartography, Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah
  • The Objects, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow
  • 15/50, Art on the Underground, London
  • Cinematic Excursions, Contemporary Art Centre, Geneva and Geneva University (screening)
  • Start Making Sense, HEAD – Genève, Geneva, Switzerland (screening)

2012

  • Latent Stare, Casco, Utrecht
  • Art Basel Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel

2011

  • Spectrums of Light, Temporary Gallery, Cologne
  • Blockbuster, Fundación CIAC, Mexico
  • Too Late, too Little (and how) to Fail Gracefully, Kunst Fort Asperen, Acquoy
  • The Temporary Stedelijk 3, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • Propaganda by Monuments, The Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo
  • The State: Works from the Farook Collection, Traffic, Dubai
  • The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality & The Moving Image: Part II, Caixa Forum, Madrid

2010

  • There is always a cup of sea for man to sail. , 29th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo
  • GLÜCK happens, Kunstpalais, Erlangen
  • BLOCKBUSTER, including Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico City
  • Curated By _ Martin Arnold/Art & Film, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna
  • 2½ dimensional: film featuring architecture, deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Modernologies, Part2 Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Warsaw
  • Harare International Festival of the Arts, National Gallery of Zimbabwe (screening)

2009

  • 6th Asia Pacific Triennale , Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
  • Cosmetica Dogmatica , La Caixa Forum, Barcelona
  • New Media Festival , Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka
  • Void of Memory, Platform 2009 , Seoul
  • The White Show , Arts Council Collection, PM Gallery, London
  • Modernologies, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona
  • Assume Nothing: New Social Practice, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria

2008

  • True Romance, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kunsthalle Wien, Museum Villa Stuck, Munchen
  • Brave New Worlds, La Collecion Jumex, Mexico City
  • The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
  • Runa Islam, Manifesta 7, Trento
  • Empire, Frye Art Museum, Seattle
  • Turner Prize 2008, Tate Britain, London
  • Collaterol 2, SESC, Sao Paulo
  • The Architecture of Desire: Part I, I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College, Colorado
  • CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Copenhagen(screening)
  • The Implicated Camera, Film programme Curated by Runa Islam in conjunction with the exhibition Empty the pond to get the fish, MUMOK, Vienna (screening)
  • Film and Video Programme Pro Arte Foundation Finland, Helsinki (screening)

2007

  • Brave New Worlds, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis
  • Übergangsräume – Potential Spaces, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
  • Your position as much as your environment, Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo
  • Two Rooms, Auckland Festival, Auckland
  • Manipulations. On Economies of Deceit, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
  • I Want To Believe, Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
  • COLLATERAL When Art looks at Cinema, Hangar Bicocca, Milan
  • Normal Love, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
  • Foto Festival Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg, Mannheim
  • Depiction, Perversion, Repulsion, Obsession, Subversion, Witte de With selection for the International Film festival 2007, Rotterdam, (screening)
  • True/ False Film Festival, Columbia (screening)
  • Curarequito – Museo de la Ciudad, Quito
  • Cine y casi cine, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía MNCARS, Madrid (screening)

2006

  • Super Vision, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Manipulations. On Economies of Deceit, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk
  • Dual Realities, 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Seoul
  • The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society, Seville Biennale, Seville
  • Broken Lines,Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse
  • Fever Variations, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
  • Undisciplined: Attese Ceramic Biennal, Albisola
  • Sub-Contingent, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
  • Upsetting the Balance, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
  • Between Body and Object, MARTa, Herford
  • Around the World in Eighty Days, ICA, London
  • Sip My Ocean, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek
  • Whisper Not, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
  • Beyond the Museum/ Beyond the Cinema, Hamburger Bahnhof and Cinema Arsenal, Berlin, (screening)
  • Dis-assembly/ Serpentine Education Project, NWCS, London
  • Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival 2006, Copenhagen (screening)
  • Hospitality: space, travel and translation,Villa Massimo (the German Academy)Rome (screening)

2005

  • Time Lines, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
  • Contour 05. Video Art Biennial, Mechelen, Belgium
  • More Than This! Negotiating Realities, Goteborg International Biennale for Contemporary Art, Goteborg
  • Variation Xanadu, Taipei MOCA, Taipei
  • In the Middle of…, South Öland World Heritage Site
  • Manipulations on Economies of Deceit: Kinskich Palace, Prague Biennale, Prague
  • Always a Little Further, Arsenale, 51st International Venice Biennale, Venice
  • Critical Societies Art; Criticism and the Promises of Capitalism Part Two: Boundless Sociability Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
  • Split Subject, de Appel, Amsterdam
  • Critical Societies Art; Criticism and the Promises of Capitalism Part One: Sources of
  • Indignation, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
  • We Have Met The Enemy And He Is With Us, Redux, London

2004

  • This Is Not A Home, This Is A House, L’Observatoire, Brussels
  • Spin Cycle, Spike Island, Bristol
  • Eclipse, Towards the Edge of the Visible, White Cube, London
  • Lilith, MOT, London
  • Blind Date, Temporary Contemporary, London
  • Párpados y Labios (Eyelids and Lips), at Historias, Photo España, Antigua Fábrica de Tabacos, Madrid
  • Tape291, 291 Gallery, London
  • Process, L’Observatoire, Brussels
  • Britannia Works, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre, British Council, Athens
  • In Movement: UNESCO Salutes Women in Video Art Unesco Headquarters, Paris
  • Loop ’04, Pilar Parra, Barcelo Hotel Sants, Barcelona
  • Nuit Blanche, Paris

2003

  • Love / Hate, Attempts at the Grand Emotion Between Art and the Theatre, Ursula Blickle Foundation, Kraichal, Germany
  • Intervention, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
  • Poetic Justice, 8th International Istanbul Biennial, Antrepo 4, Istanbul
  • Turbulent Screen, Edith Russ-Haus Fur MedienKunst, Oldenburg
  • Sharjah International Biennial 6, Expo Centre, Sharjah
  • Miradas Cómplices (Knowing Looks), Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea (CGAC), Santiago de Compostela
  • Video Lounge, Art Basel/Miami Beach, Miami
  • Films selected by P. Terrier–Hermann, Point Ligne, Paris (screening)

2002

  • Great Theatre of the World, Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
  • Videodrome II, Zenith Media Lounge, New Museum, New York
  • Happy Outsiders from London and Scotland, Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw
  • Tele-Journeys, MIT List Visual Arts Centre, Cambridge
  • Shine, St. Pancras Chambers, London
  • A Haunted House of Art, Outline, Amsterdam
  • Confiture demain, confiture hier, jamais confiture aujourd’hui, Centre Regional d’Art Contemporain de Sète, France

2001

  • Looking With/Out, Courtauld Institute, London
  • Foot Loose, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • Neue Welt, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt
  • Squatters, Museu de Serralves, Oporto and Witte de With, Rotterdam
  • Gymnasion, Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz
  • Idea Festival. Video in the City, Centrum Hedendaagse Kunst Maastricht, Maastricht
  • Please Disturb Me, Great Eastern Hotel, London
  • Whitechapel Centenary 1901-2001, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
  • In/SITE/out. Inquiries into Social Space, Apex Art, New York
  • Century City, Tate Modern, London
  • Video, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich
  • Black Cube 6. Film en video, installaties en performances, Cinema de Balie, Amsterdam
  • Crylawn Artlab 11, Caltech, Pasedena

2000

  • Nurture and Desire (in Aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer), Hayward Gallery, London
  • Sublime, Duende, Rotterdam
  • Hers at Steirischer Herbst, Landesmuseum, Joanneum, Graz
  • Haven Lodge, Haven Lodge Residential Home, Ramsgate
  • Guarene Arte 2000, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Per l’arte, Guarene d’AlbaI
  • The British Art Show 5, Hayward Gallery touring exhibition: Edinburgh, Southampton, Cardiff and Birmingham
  • And If There Were No Stories, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
  • Point of View, Richard Salmon Gallery, London
  • Wouldn’t it Be Nice, Montevideo/TBA, Amsterdam
  • Devil Eats Out, Flag, London

1999

  • Stimuli, Witte de With, Rotterdam
  • Masterclass 1999, KHM, Cologne
  • Amnesiac Cinema, Galerie du Bellay, Mont-St-Aijan, France
  • Ninenineninetynine, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London
  • Dis-Locations, hARTware projekte, Dortmund, Germany
  • East International, Norwich Art Gallery, Norwich
  • 000Zero, Zero, Zero, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
  • World Wide Video Festival at Uitmarkt, Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • Open Electronic Festival, USVA, Groningen
  • Voor Bij De Realiteit, SuB-K, Utrecht

1998

  • Near, Sharjah Museum of Art, Sharjah
  • Open Ateliers, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
  • The Vauxhall Gardens, Norwich Art Gallery, Norwich
  • Martin, Catalyst Arts, Belfast and Waygood Gallery, Newcastle
  • The Road, Espace Culturel François Mitterand, Beauvais
  • Host, Tramway, Glasgow
  • Beloved, The Waiting Room, Wolverhampton
  • Scope 2 International Video Festival, Artists Space, New York

1997

  • Open Ateliers, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
  • Double Life, The Waiting Room, Wolverhampton
  • Colo(u)rblind, Salle de Bains, Rotterdam
  • Martin, Top Floor, Atlantis Gallery, London
  • Big Blue, Coins, London and Café Fix, Berlin

1996

  • Yerself is Steam, 85 Charlotte Road, London
  • Childs Play, D.F.W.T.F.D Gallery, London
  • Flag, Clink Wharf, London
  • Hit and Run 1-4, Arch 53 and The Ministry of Sound, London

1995

  • Lost Property, The Lost Goods Building, London
  • Hit and Run 1-4, Arch 53 and The Ministry of Sound, London

1994

  • Transit at Art Focus, Central Bus Station, Tel Aviv
  • Candyman II, Building C, London
  • Hit and Run 1-4, Arch 53 and The Ministry of Sound, London

Awards, Prizes, Commissions, Residencies

2014/15

  • MIT/ LVAC 30 year anniversary portfolio commission

2013

  • 15 for 150, Poster and print project for Art on the underground, Transport for London

2012

  • Alice Awards 2012, winner; Film / Video Art

2009

  • Turner Prize 2008 nominee, Tate Britain, London
  • Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Program, Washington

2007

  • Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Film Commission for ‘Film Directors for Human Rights’, Geneva

2006

  • Quercus Lamu Bursary

2005

  • IASPIS, June – Oct Residency, Stockholm

2004/05

  • Government Art Collection, Public Art Strategy, Artists Commission for Home Office Building

2004

  • Spike Island, June – August Residency, Bristol

2002/2003

  •  ‘Arena’, Samling Foundation and NESTA Commission

2001

  • London Arts, ‘Visual Arts’ Award

2000

  • Ford Motor Co & Breakthrough, ‘Nurture & Desire’ Commission
  • Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, ‘Premio Regione Piemonte 2000’

1999

  •  University of East London, ‘Richmix’ Commission
  • Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst ‘Aanmoedigings Prijs ‘99

1998

  • Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, ‘Acquisitions Prize’
  • NUFFIC Scholarship

1997

  • Foundation of Sports and Arts Award
  • Campden Charities Scholarship

Selected Public Talks

2016

  • In conversation with Riccardo Venturi, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing

2015

  • In conversation with Riccardo Venturi, Lo Schermo and University of Florence, Florence
  • Keynote speaker, Media in Transition, Tate Modern, London

2014

  • Artist’s Talk, Forensic Architecture, Dept, Goldsmiths College, London
  • Artist’s Talk, Frac Franche-Comté, Besançon

2013

  • In conversation with Milovan Farranato, Fiorucci Art Trust, London
  • Artist’s Talk, Württembergischen Kunstverein, Sttugart

2012

  • In conversation with Willem de Rooij, De Ateliers/ Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

2010

  • In conversation with Rachel Kent, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2009

  • Artist’s Talk, Modernologies, MACBA, Barcelona
  • Artist’s Talk, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
  • In conversation with Angela Vettese, Festival dell'Arte Contemproanea a Faenza, Fazena
  • Artist’s Panel, Symposium Rotterdam Dialogues, The Artists Panel, Witte de With, Rotterdam
  • In conversation with Vanessa Joan Mueller, Museum Folkwang, Essen

2008

  • Artist’s Talk, De Ateliers, Amsterdam

2007

  • Panel discussion, Brave New Worlds, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
  • Artist’s Talk, CCA San Francisco
  • Artist’s talk, Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo

2006

  • Artificial Reality Symposium, Anderson Ranch, Aspen
  • Runa Islam and Kenneth Hayes; Urban Speakers Field Series, Prefix ICA, Toronto
  • Artist’s Talk, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice
  • Artist’s Talk, Viafarini, Milan

2005

  • Runa Islam in conversation with Martin Herbert, Camden Arts Centre, London
  • Runa Islam and Roderick Buchanan in conversation with Eddie Berg, Camden Arts Centre, London

2003

  • Artist’s Talk, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Selected Positions held

2016

  • De Ateliers, Tutor, Amsterdam
  • Whitechapel, Board of Trustees, London

2015

  • BFI 59th London Film Festival, Short Film Jury, London
  • De Ateliers, Tutor, Amsterdam
  • Whitechapel, Board of Trustees, London

2014

  • Whitechapel, Board of Trustees, London
  • De Ateliers, Tutor, Amsterdam

2013

  • Max Mara Art Prize Jury, London
  • Whitechapel, Board of Trustees, London
  • De Ateliers, Tutor, Amsterdam

2012

  • 69th Venice Film Festival, Orizzonti International Jury, Venice
  • Whitechapel, Board of Trustees, London
  • De Ateliers, Tutor, Amsterdam

2011

  • Royal College of Art, Visiting Lecturer, London
  • Whitechapel, Board of Trustees, London
  • De Ateliers, Tutor, Amsterdam

2010

  • Whitechapel, Board of Trustees, London

2009

  • University California Los Angeles (UCLA), Art Council Chair, Fine Art Dept, Los Angeles
  • Whitechapel, Board of Trustees, London
  • De Ateliers, Guest Tutor, Amsterdam

2008

  • Hammer Museum, Artist Council Member, Los Angeles

2007

  • Hammer Museum, Artist Council Member, Los Angeles
  • Università IUAV Venice, Visiting Professor, Venice
  • Leeds University, Department of Fine Art, Part-time Lecturer, Leeds

2006

  • Hammer Museum, Artist Council Member, Los Angeles
  • Leeds University, Department of Fine Art, Part-time Lecturer, Leeds

2005

  • Leeds University, Department of Fine Art, Part-time Lecturer, Leeds