• Runa Islam, Be The First To See What You See As You See It, 2004, still from a 16-mm film, 7 minutes, 30 seconds. Installation view.

    Runa Islam

    Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
    185, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
    May 21–September 7

    Curated by Mark Lanctot and Rachel Kent

    Runa Islam’s fascination with cinema as dispositif—an “apparatus” involving not just cameras and projectors but things like architectural frame, narrative structure, and phenomenological experience—guides this exhibition, a co-production with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (where it will be on view from August 19 to November 11). Five or six pieces made within the past seven years are slated for each venue, including a joint commission by the hosting institutions whose working title is Magical Consciousness—a meditation on a gold-leafed Japanese screen, shot with an anamorphic lens on 16-mm black-and-white stock. If it’s finished in time for the Sydney presentation, Islam hopes also to present an even newer film made on the Italian volcanic island of Stromboli. For her first solo museum show in either country, the British artist gets a bilingual catalogue.