She attended the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam from 1997 – 1998. She completed a The Master of Philosophy at the Royal College of Art, London in 2004.
She is principally known for her film works. In 2005, she participated in the Venice Biennale. lieutenant was first exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery and "imbues even the most mundane dusty corner with a little visual magic".
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.
In 2010, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (Master of Computer Applications), presented Runa Islam"s first solo exhibition in Australia. Works included Magical Consciousness (2010), co-commissioned by the Master of Computer Applications and the Musée d"art contemporain de Montréal (MACM). and Scale (1/16 Inch = 1 Foot) featuring the now demolished Trinity Square (Gateshead) multi-storey car park.
The camera can go to impossible places. lieutenant 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 television We remember people we"ve never met because we"ve seen them on a screen."
Runa Islam Interview. Göteborg International biennial 2005
Interview with particular regard to the works:
First Day of Spring
Answers to Questions: Runa Islam in conversation with Tine Fischer
Runa Islam, White Cube, London
Review of exhibition from The Daily Telegraph
The Telegraph review by Alastair Sooke
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.