January 1 – 30, 2020
Michal Heiman is an artist, curator, and theoretician from Tel Aviv. Heiman brings her critical voice to bear on issues of history, while engaging with human rights and more specifically, women’s rights, exploring and questioning the ability of visual tools to penetrate traumatic experiences through different tactics and pre-enactments, as well as examine the photographic medium, its therapeutic potential, and its role in the struggle for social justice. Her enactment and installation works, archival materials, photography and film series, and her lectures/performances are deeply rooted in the political, familial, and social arenas.
She has exhibited internationally in venues such as documenta X, Kassel; the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; University of Melbourne Museum of Art; Le Quartier Centre d’Art Contemporain, Quimper, France; the Jewish Museum, New York City; the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan; the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and the Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art, China, and others. From 2019-2020, Heiman will exhibit her work in the United States, focusing on her growing archive of narratives and histories of marginalized, pioneering, and revolutionary women, first with Radical Link: A New Community of Women, 1855-2020 in Washington, DC and then with Hearing in Los Angeles, California. Heiman is the founder of the Photographer Unknown archive (1984), of the organization Women in Academia, and of the public-benefit corporation An Academy of Her Own. Heiman teaches at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and is a member of the Tel Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.