Runa Islam: Rapid Eye Movement

Video still captures a close up view of a woman mid-blink, exploiting the texture of her fair skin and dark eyebrows

Video still, Runa Islam, Rapid Eye Movement, 2002. Photo courtesy the artist.

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This is the U.S. premiere of Runa Islam’s short film (22 min.), Rapid Eye Movement (2002).

Islam, a London-based artist, makes short films and filmic installations to excavate and reveal the many aspects of film’s language. Her work serves to include the very seductive qualities of film, which is ordinarily occluded. In her newest work Rapid Eye Movement, Islam takes the understanding of film as a form of collective dreaming as a starting point for a luscious cinematic adventure.


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