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About the Exhibition Be The First To See What You See As You See It, 2004, a looped 16mm film, portrays a young woman walking through a gallery of fine china displayed on pedestals. After toying with the objects, the woman begins gently pushing dishes, cups, and saucers off their stands to smash on the floor. Filmed in slow motion and based in part on the first slow motion test film which showed a man shattering a jug of water, the piece is, in part, an attempt to capture the unrecordable moment of transformation as the objects break into pieces.

Hammer Projects are organized by James Elaine, and are made possible with support from The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Annenberg Foundation, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and members of the Hammer Circle.

Runa Islam was born in 1970 in Dhaka, Bangladesh and currently lives in London. She has studied at the Royal College of Art, London and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. She works primarily in film and photography and her works have been shown in exhibitions and festivals throughout the world. Recent solo exhibitions include Scale (1/16 inch = 1 foot) at the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art in Toronto and Visages & Voyages at the Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden. In 2005 Islam was also included in the 51st Venice Biennale and the Prague Biennale 2. Her work has been reviewed in Flash Art, Art Monthly, Artforum, and Time Out London.


Runa Islam
Be The First To See What You See As You See It, 2004