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Runa Islam

Runa Islam
Born (1970-12-10) 10 December 1970
Dhaka, East Bengal
(now Bangladesh)
Nationality British
Education Royal College of Art

Runa Islam (Bengali: রুনা ইসলাম; born 10 December 1970) is a Bangladeshi-born British visual artist and filmmaker based in London. She was a nominee for the 2008 Turner Prize. She is principally known for her film works.[1]


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Awards and nominations 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6
    • Interviews 6.1
    • Reviews 6.2

Early life

Islam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and moved to London aged three.[2] She attended the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam from 1997 – 1998.

In 1999, Islam exhibited at EASTinternational which was selected by Peter Doig and Roy Arden. She completed a M.Phil at the Royal College of Art, London in 2004.


Islam has been inspired by European auteurs such as Jean-Luc Godard.[3]

In 2005, she participated in the Venice Biennale.[4] Islam's 2006 16mm film installation Conditional Probability, was the result of a residency at North Westminster Community School, in the final year before its closure.[5] It was first exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery and "imbues even the most mundane dusty corner with a little visual magic".[6] The other artists included in the project to document the life of the school before it closed were Christian Boltanski, Faisal Abdu'allah and the architect Yona Friedman.[7]

In 2010, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (MCA), presented Runa Islam's first solo exhibition in Australia. Works included Magical Consciousness (2010), co-commissioned by the MCA and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MACM).[8] and Scale (1/16 Inch = 1 Foot) featuring the now demolished Trinity Square (Gateshead) multi-storey car park.

Islam says, "I feel I've got a lot to say with film. The camera can go to impossible places. It can re-articulate time. Films from other epochs allow you to go back in time. But so much of contemporary life is also envisioned through film and TV. We remember people we've never met because we've seen them on a screen."[2]

Awards and nominations

In 2008, Islam was nominated for the 2008 Turner Prize.[9]

See also


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External links

  • Turner Prize 2008 on Tate web site
  • Runa Islam: Private View
    • A review of Conditional Probability followed by a brief interview about the work in Time Out magazine.
  • Life in Film
    • Islam chooses films and film moments that have inspired her for Frieze.
    • A page with a number of photographs of Islam's work ans stills from her films.
  • Telegraph slideshow
    • Conditional ProbabilitySeries of stills from Islam's work


  • Runa Islam Interview; Göteborg International biennial 2005
    • Interview with particular regard to the works:
      • Time Lines
      • First Day of Spring
  • Answers to Questions: Runa Islam in conversation with Tine Fischer
    • Islam talks extensively about her film work.


  • Runa Islam, White Cube, London
  • The Telegraph review by Alastair Sooke
    • Review of Islam's work Conditional Probability.
  • Frieze review
    • Review of Empty the pond to get to the fish from Frieze
  • Frieze review – Camden Arts Centre
    • Review of exhibition featuring the works:
      • How Far To Faro
      • The First Day of Spring
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