Projects 95: Runa Islam
May 27–September 19, 2011
In The House Belongs to Those Who Inhabit It (2008), Islam explores the boundaries of cinematography by “writing” with the camera, moving it like a graffiti artist’s spray can to spell out the Italian words that, translated into English, are the film’s title. Magical Consciousness (2010) transforms the gilded back of a six-panel Japanese folding screen into the silver screen of film, and in This Much Is Uncertain (2009–10), a relentlessly edited vision of the Italian island of Stromboli, Islam once again aimed for a material transformation, relating the silver grain of the film stock to the texture of the island’s famous black volcanic sand. These three works are presented alongside Emergence (2011), a 35mm film commissioned for the exhibition that explores the relationship between film and still photography.
The Elaine Dannheisser Projects Series is made possible in part by The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.
Additional support for this exhibition is provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.