Michal Heiman is a Tel Aviv based artist whose work combines photography, film, and psychoanalysis to investigate issues of clinical research, the history of art, politics, and gender. She teaches at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and Tel Aviv University and is a member of the Tel Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She has exhibited throughout Israel since 1984 and internationally since 1994, at venues including the University Of Melbourne Museum Of Art (Australia), Documenta X, Kassel (Germany), the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama City (Japan), the Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (Holland), and the Kunsthaus Bregenz (Austria). Heiman was the first recipient of the Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography in 2010. Her works include Michal Heiman Tests No. 1-4 (M.H.T.s), the Photographer Unknown archive, and video installations based on writings and case studies by psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud, Wilfred Bion, and D.W. Winnicott.
Heiman’s current project Asylum (The Dress, 1855-2017) explores photography’s ability to penetrate traumatic experience and transport subjects across time and place. She seeks to find ways to revisit women, photographed in the 1850s while hospitalized at Springfield Hospital, the former Surrey County Lunatic Asylum, London.