Timeline

1970
Born Dhaka, Bangladesh
1990–1995
B.A.Hons; Middlesex University/ Manchester Metropolitan University
1997–1998
Two Year Residency Programme; Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
2002–2004
Master of Philosophy; Royal College of Art
Lives and works in London
Awards, Prizes, Commissions, Residencies
2007 Two Rooms, New Zealand Residency
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
2002-03 ‘Arena’, Samling Foundation and NESTA Commission
2001 London Arts, ‘Visual Arts’ Award
2000 Ford Motor Co & Breakthrough, ‘Nurture & Desire’ Commission
2000 Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, ‘Premio Regione Piemonte 2000’
1999 University of East London, ‘Richmix’ Commission
1999 Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst ‘Aanmoedigings Prijs ‘99
1998 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, ‘Acquisitions Prize’
1998 NUFFIC Scholarship
1997 Foundation of Sports and Arts Award
1997 Camden Charities Scholarship

Exhibitions

2007
Brave New Worlds, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis
2007
Übergangsräume – Potential Spaces, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
2007
Your position as much as your environment, Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo
2007
Two Rooms, Auckland Festival, Auckland
2007
Manipulations. On Economies of Deceit, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
2007
I Want To Believe, Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
2007
COLLATERAL When Art looks at Cinema, Hangar Bicocca, Milan
2007
Normal Love, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
2007
Be The First To See What You See As You See It, Two Rooms, Auckland Festival, Auckland (solo)
2007
Centre of Gravity, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen; National Museum of Art, Oslo (solo)
2006
Conditional Probability, Serpentine Gallery, London (solo)
2006
Video invitational. Video in tutti i sensi, Viafarini, Milan (solo)
2006
Room Service, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Malaga (solo)
2006
Super Vision, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
2006
Manipulations. On Economies of Deceit, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk
2006
Dual Realities, 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Korea
2006
The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society, Seville Biennale, Seville
2006
Broken Lines, Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse
2006
Fever Variations, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju,Korea
2006
Undisciplined: Attese Ceramic Biennal, Albisola, Italy
2006
Sub-Contingent, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
2006
Upsetting the Balance, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
2006
Between Body and Object, MARTa, Herford
2006
Around the World in Eighty Days, ICA, London
2006
Sip My Ocean, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek
2006
Whisper Not, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
2005
How Far To Fårö, Museo di Arte e Contemporanea di Trento, Rovereto (solo)
2005
Time Lines, White Cube, London (solo)
2005
Be The First To See What You See As You See It, Hammer Projects, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (solo)
2005
Time Lines, Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona (solo)
2005
Out of the Picture, Camden Arts Centre, London (solo)
2005
Scale (1/16 inch = 1 foot), Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto (solo)
2005
Visages & Voyages, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg (solo)
2005
Time Lines, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
2005
Contour 05. Video Art Biennial, Mechelen, Belgium
2005
More Than This! Negotiating Realities, Goteborg International Biennale for Contemporary Art, Sweden
2005
Variation Xanadu, Taipei MOCA, Taipei
2005
In the Middle of…, South Öland World Heritage Site
2005
Manipulations on Economies of Deceit: Kinskich Palace, Prague Biennale
2005
Always a Little Further, Arsenale, 51st Venice Biennale
2005
Critical Societies Art; Criticism and the Promises of Capitalism Part Two: Boundless Sociability Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
2005
Split Subject, De Appel, Amsterdam
2005
Critical Societies Art; Criticism and the Promises of Capitalism Part One: Sources of Indignation, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
2005
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
2004
Spin Cycle, Spike Island, Bristol
2004
Eclipse, Towards the Edge of the Visible, White Cube, London
2004
Lilith, MOT, London
2004
Blind Date, Temporary Contemporary, London
2004
Párpados y Labios (Eyelids and Lips), at Historias, Photo España, Antigua Fábrica de Tabacos, Madrid
2004
Tape291, 291 Gallery, London
2004
Process, L’Observatoire, Brussels
2004
Britannia Works, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre, British Council, Athens
2004
Runa Islam: Scale (1/16 inch = 1 foot), Shugo Arts, Tokyo (solo)
2004
In Movement: UNESCO Salutes Women in Video Art Unesco Headquarters, Paris
2003
Love / Hate, Attempts at the Grand Emotion Between Art and the Theatre, Ursula Blickle Foundation, Kraichal, Germany
2003
Intervention, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
2003
Poetic Justice, 8th International Istanbul Biennial, Antrepo 4, Istanbul
2003
Turbulent Screen, Edith Russ-Haus Fur MedienKunst, Oldenburg
2003
Sharjah International Biennial 6, Expo Centre, United Arab Emirates
2003
Miradas Cómplices (Knowing Looks), Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea (CGAC), Spain
2003
Director’s Cut (Fool for Love), Kunsthalle Wien, Karlsplatz Project Space, Vienna (solo)
2003
Runa Islam, Film and Video Works Voralberger Kunstverein, Bregenz (solo)
2003
Rapid Eye Movement, MIT List Visual Arts Centre, Cambridge, Massachusetts (solo)
2002
Great Theatre of the World, Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
2002
Videodrome II, Zenith Media Lounge, New Museum, New York
2002
Happy Outsiders from London and Scotland, Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw
2002
Tele-Journeys, MIT List Visual Arts Centre, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2002
Shine, St. Pancras Chambers, London
2002
A Haunted House of Art, Outline, Amsterdam
2001
One day a day will come, when a day will not come anymore, April in parking meters, Cologne (solo)
2001
Director’s Cut (Fool for Love), White Cube, London (solo)
2001
Looking With/Out, Courtauld Institute, London
2001
Foot Loose, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
2001
Neue Welt, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt
2001
Squatters, Museu de Serralves, Oporto and Witte de With, Rotterdam
2001
Gymnasion, Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz
2001
Idea Festival. Video in the City, Centrum Hedendaagse Kunst Maastrict
2001
Please Disturb Me, Great Eastern Hotel, London
2001
Whitechapel Centenary 1901-2001, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
2001
In/SITE/out. Inquiries into Social Space, Apex Art, New York
2001
Century City, Tate Modern, London
2001
Video, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich
2000
Nurture and Desire (in Aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer), Hayward Gallery, London
2000
Sublime, Duende, Rotterdam
2000
Hers at Steirischer Herbst, Landesmuseum, Joanneum, Graz, Austria
2000
Haven Lodge, Haven Lodge Residential Home, Ramsgate
2000
Guarene Arte 2000, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Per l’arte, Guarene d’Alba, Italy
2000
The British Art Show 5, Hayward Gallery touring exhibition: Edinburgh, Southampton, Cardiff and Birmingham
2000
And If There Were No Stories, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
2000
Point of View, Richard Salmon Gallery, London
2000
Wouldn’t it Be Nice, Montevideo/TBA, Amsterdam
2000
Screen Test/ Unscript, Fig-1, London (solo)
2000
Runa Islam, Tschumi Pavilion, Groningen,The Netherlands (solo)
1999
Stimuli, Witte de With, Rotterdam
1999
Masterclass 1999, KHM, Cologne
1999
Amnesiac Cinema, Galerie du Bellay, Mont-St-Aijan, France
1999
Ninenineninetynine, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London
1999
Dis-Locations, hARTware projekte, Dortmund, Germany
1999
East International, Norwich Art Gallery, Norwich
1999
000Zero, Zero, Zero, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1998
Near, Sharzah Museum of Art, Sharzah, United Arab Emirates
1998
Open Ateliers, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
1998
The Vauxhall Gardens, Norwich Art Gallery, Norwich
1998
Martin, Catalyst Arts, Belfast and Waygood Gallery, Newcastle
1998
The Road, Espace Culturel François Mitterand, Beauvais, France
1998
Host, Tramway, Glasgow
1998
Beloved, The Waiting Room, Wolverhampton
1997
Open Ateliers, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
1997
Colo(u)rblind, Salle de Bains, Rotterdam
1997
Double Life, The Waiting Room, Wolverhampton
1997
Martin, Top Floor, Atlantis Gallery, London
1997
Big Blue, Coins, London and Café Fix, Berlin
1996
Yerself is Steam, 85 Charlotte Road, London
1996
Childs Play, D.F.W.T.F.D Gallery, London
1996
Flag, Clink Wharf, London
1995
Lost Property, The Lost Goods Building, London
1994
Transit at Art Focus, Central Bus Station, Tel Aviv
1994
Candyman II, Building C, London