Naeem Mohaiemen
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Dear Runa

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Dear Runa
Pawnshop | digital print | 24"x16" | 2007

Sitting alongside the ricksha-wallah Adonis aesthetic of Runa Islam's "First Day Of Spring" is this comment: "One is more used to looking at their necks than at their faces" *. Elsewhere I read (but I can't recall where) that Islam later went back to look for these men (to show the finished 16mm?). But as she had not written down anyone's name, she could not find them. Being a helpful soul, I decided to assist...

* 'Runa Islam', File note #7, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2005

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