Michal Heiman


Michal Heiman is a member of the Tel-Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.
For over three decades, Heiman inhabits a field between art and psychoanalysis, photography, diagnosis and human rights, theory and praxis, bringing her critical voice to bear on issues of history, studying neglected histories and their visual aspects, exploring and questioning the ability of visual tools to access traumatic experiences. Heiman is the inaugural winner of the Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in research on photography, in collaboration with Israel Museum.

Heiman’s works celebrate the synchronicity of the familiar with the diverse, within the faces of change. Through multiple techniques, subjects envision the psychological condition of return, mergers and transport through space and time, incorporating the participation and input of the patrons. Her large-scale installations, archival materials, photography and film series, as well as her performance work, have been exhibited largely in venues around the world, and are included in the collections of institutions and private collections worldwide.

Some of Michal’s major contributions include “Documenta X”, Kassel, Germany in 1997, “Attacks on Linking”, at the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, Tel Aviv Museum in 2008, the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan, the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Holland, the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany. She was staged in 1994 at The University of Melbourne Museum of Art “The Ian Potter Gallery”. Heiman has focused on her ongoing journey and research with anonymous and marginalized women in recent years. This led to the following projects, “AP Artist Proof – Asylum (The Dress, 1855–2017)” at the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel, “Radical Link: A New Community of Women, 1855–2020” at the Katzen Art Center, American University Museum, Washington, DC, 2019, and “Hearing” at the American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA, 2020. In 2022 Heiman will be exhibiting “Chronically Links” at Binghamton University Art Museum, NY.


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