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Michal Heiman

Born 1954 in Israel, lives and works in Tel Aviv.


Michal Heiman is an artist, curator, creator of the Michal Heiman Tests (M.H.Ts, 1997- ) and founder of the Photographer Unknown archive (1984). Heiman teaches at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and is a member of the Tel Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. For over three decades, Heiman has been developing methodologies that operate between art and therapy, photography and human rights, theory and practice. She studies neglected histories and their visual aspects, focusing on the history of women, questions of identity, the history of aesthetic production in psychoanalysis, and the role of archives. Her enactment and installation works, photography and film series, lectures/performances, and paintings, are all deeply rooted in the gender, political, familial, and social arenas. Heiman has exhibited in numerous art institutions worldwide, including Documenta X in Kassel, The Jewish Museum in New York, Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the University of Melbourne Museum of Art, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Herzliya Museum of Art, CCA Tel Aviv, nGbK in Berlin, MuCEM in Marseille, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles, The Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, The Contermporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, and the Museum of Modern Art in Saitama City. Her upcoming solo show will open at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, in Fall 2019.

Education

1982-1984 Art Studies, Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit Berl

1978-1979 Photography Studies, Hadassa College, Jerusalem


Solo Exhibitions

2020 Solo Exhibit, The Institute for Jewish Creativity, Los Angeles, USA, curated by: Rotem Rozental, (Upcoming)

2019 Radical Link: A New Community of Women, 1855-2019, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, USA, curated by: Sarah Gordon, (Upcoming)

2017 Genetics of a Painting, Basis Gallery, Herzliya, curated by: Shlomit Breur (Catalog)

2017 AP - Artist Proof 1885-2017, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, curated by: Aya Lurie

2008 Attacks on Linking, Helena Rubenstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, curated by: Mordechai Omer

2005 I was There, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York

2003 Photo Rape, The Artists’ House, Tel Aviv, curated by: Galia Yahav

1995 Michal Heiman Test: First Diagnosis, Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv

1994 Michal Heiman Test (M.H.T): Endopsychic Press, Ian Potter Gallery, The University of Melbourne Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia, curated by: Merryn Gates (Catalog)

1991 Sorting: Undersigned, Bograshov Gallery, Tel Aviv

1990 Paintings, Bograshov Gallery, Tel Aviv

1990 Sorting, Bograshov Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Ariella Azoulay (Catalog)

1986 Paintings, Meimad Gallery for Visual Art, Tel Aviv


Group Exhibitions

2019 Impersonating Myself / Becoming Myself, ShanghaiTech University, Shanghai, curated by: Shoshan Brosh-Vaitz and Zhang Fang

2018 #metoo, Benjamin Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Sari Golan

2018 Holot Events, Marie Gallery, Jerusalem, curated by: Hadar Amit

2017 Repositioning: Old Objects, New Artworks, The Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem, curated by: Alon Razgour

2017 Off the Record: Works from the Nava and Ronnie Dissentshik Collection, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, curated by: Tamara Abramovitch

2017 Behold the Man: Jesus In Israeli Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, curated by: Amitai Mendelsohn

2017 Partial Portrait: Fragmented Identities, Jerusalem Artists’ House, Jerusalem, curated by: Smadar Sheffi

2017 2nd Chongqing International Photography & Video Biennale, Chongqing, China, curated by: Bissi Silva, Cui Cancan and Wang Qingsong

2017 298 111, Muzeum Śląskie, Katowice, Poland, curated by: Sebastian Cichocki

2017 Art School, Helena Rubenstein Pavillion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, curated by: Avi Lubin

2015 Drive-In: Israeli Photography in the 80s, Ashdod Art Museum, Ashdod, curated by: Yuval Bitton

2015 Four Artists: Yuval Tebol, Bill Viola, Eden Efrat, Michal Heiaman, Sulfur Factory, Kibbutz Be’eri, curated by: Anat Botzer

2015 The Recipients: Ministry of Culture and Sport Awards in Art and Design, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, curated by: Tali Ben Nun

2014 Double Exposure, Shpiman Institute, Tel-Aviv, curated by: Aya Lurie, Anat Asher and Orit Boulgaro

2014 Projecting Art, Ilana Gur Museum, Jaffa, curated by: Sophia Dekel-Caspi

2014 Asylum (The Dress, 1852-2016), Permanent Exhibition, The Tel Aviv District Court, Tel Aviv

2014 Profile is Aggression, Too: From the Haaretz Collection, Minus1 Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Efrat Livni

2014 Strangers Among Us, Beth Hagefen, Haifa, curated by: Dor Guez

2013 Le Noir et Le Bleu: Un reve mediterranneen, MuCEM, Marseille, France, curated by: Thierry Fabre

2013 It Is Only a State of Mind, NGBK and HDVK, Berlin and Heidelberg, Germany, curated by: Michaela Richter, Susanne Weib and Sonja Hempel

2013 Lot’s Wife: The Photographic Gaze, The Open Museum of Photography, Tel-Hai Industrial Park, curated by: Naama Haikin

2013 Children’s Language, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, curated by: Chen Sheinberg

2013 Execution, Minshar Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Galia Yahav

2013 Strange and Close: A selection of recent works from the collection of the Van Abbemuseum, Muse dart Contemporain de Bordeaux, France, curated by: Galit Eilat and Charles Esche

2012 Dress: Thoughts on Clothes, Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, curated by: Sophia Dekel-Caspi

2011 From Origin to Originality: Contemporary Israeli Art, ALMA - Home for Hebrew Culture, Tel Aviv, curated by: Tsibi Geva

2010 Shelf Life, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, curated by: Tami Katz-freiman and Rotem Ruff

2010 New in Photography: Recent Acquisitions, Israel Museum of Art, Jerusalem, curated by: Hadas Maor

2009 Black-Market, For Practical Knowledge and Lack of Knowledge N.12, The Arab-Jewish Community, Jaffa, Tel Aviv

2009 Images Recalled-Bilder Auf Abruf, Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany, curated by: Esther Ruelfs and Tobias Berger

2009 Conversion, Petach-Tikva Museum of Art, Petach-Tikva, curated by: Maayan Amir

2009 History of Violence, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, curated by: Hadas Maor

2008-2007 Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art, The Jewish Museum, New York and Berlin, curated by: Susan Tumarkin-Goodman

2008 Insomniac Promenades: Sleeping/Dreaming in Contemporary Art, Passage de Retz and Petac-Tikva Museum, Paris and Petach-Tikva, curated by: Marie Shek

2008 Document, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

2008 Near and Apparent, Connections and Context: A Selection from the Benno Kalev Collection, The Open Museum, Tefen Industrial Park, curated by: Benno Kalev

2008 My Own Body, Art in Israel 1968-1978, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, curated by: Mordechai Omer

2008 Check-Post: Art in Israel in the 1980s, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, curated by: Ilana Tenenbaum

2008 Intersections: Israeli Video Artists, Jerusalem Film Festival, Cinematheque, Jerusalem, curated by: Yael Bartana

2008 Depletion: Work from the Doron Sebbag Art Collection, ORS Ltd., Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, curated by: Aya Lurie and Nili Goren

2008 What’s on Your Mind? “A Million One Hundred Thinking Women", Permanent Exhibition, Mexico building, The David and Yolanda Katz Faculty of the Arts, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv

2007 Passing the Batonette: Four Decades of Feminism in Israeli Art, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, curated by: Ilana Tenenbaum and Einat Amir

2007 Local Time 8, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, curated by: Boaz Arad

2007 The Mirror and the Gaze, The Second Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, Moscow, curated by: Natalia Kamenetskaya

2007 1. Refusal Front; 2. Specters, Hamidrasha Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Michal Na'aman and Doron Rabina

2006 Art of Living: Contemporary Photography and Video from the Israel Museum, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, USA, curated by: Nissan Perez

2006 Mixed Emotions, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, curated by: Tami Katz-Freiman

2005 Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d'Arles, France, Director: Francois Hebel

2005 4th of November 1995: Murder in Retrospect, Bezalel Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Dr. Dana Arieli-Horowitz and Dr. Dalia Manor

2004 Terrorvision, Exit Art, New York, USA, curated by: Jeanette Ingberman

2004 Everything Could Be Seen, Umm El-Fahim Art Gallery, Umm El-Fahim, curated by: Ariella Azoulay

2004 Sun-Moon: Michal Heiman and Rashid Masharawi, Vtije Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, The Hague, curated by: Ingrid Rollema

2003 Art Against Stigma, Sommer Gallery in cooperation with Lundbeck Israel Ltd, Tel Aviv, curated by: Irit Sommer

2003 [After], Petach-Tikva Museum of Art, Petach-Tikva, curated by: Hadas Maor

2003 Families of Man, Haifa University Art Gallery, Haifa, curated by: Ruti Direktor

2003 Recipients of the Minister of Education and Culture Prize in the Field of Visual Art and Design, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, curated by: Daniella Talmor

2002 Believe - a Day Will Come, Art For Co-Existence, the 35 Year, Umm El-Fahem Art Gallery and Plonit Gallery, Tel Aviv

2002 Concealed and Revealed, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Jerusalem, curated by: Naftali Gliksberg

1999 Ma'aseh Hoshev, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, curated by: Naftali Gliksberg

1998 Condition Repor: Photography in Israel Today, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, curated by: Nissan Perez

1998 Women Artists in Israel, 1948-1998, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, curated by: Ilana Teicher

1998 Social Realism in the 50s, Political Art in the 90s, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, curated by: Ilana Tenenbaum and Gila Ballas

1998 To the East: Orientalism in the Arts in Israel, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, curated by: Yigal Zalmona and Tamar Manor-Friedman

1997 Michal Heiman Test (M.H.T) No. 1: Enactment, Documenta X, Kassel, Germany, curated by: Catherine David

1997 Redings 3, Beit Ha'am Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Galia Yahav

1997 The Human Bank, Herzliya Museum of Modern Art, Herzliya, curated by: Dalia Levin

1997 Jews in Arab Countries Today - Photographs, Beit Hatfutsot, Tel Aviv, curated by: Ruti Porter

1996-1998 Desert Cliché: Israel Now, Local Images, Bass Museum of Art and Grey Art Gallery & Study Center, Miami Beach, Florida and New York University, USA, curated by: Tami Katz-Freiman and Amy Cappellazzo

1996 The Minister of Education and Culture Prize for Artists in the Field of Visual Art - The First Decade, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, curated by: Sorin Heller

1996 The Shadow of the Eye, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, curated by: Ilana Tenenbaum

1995 The Wandering Jew: Myth or Metaphor, The Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne, Australia, curated by: Helen Light

1994 90-70-90, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, curated by: Rona Sela

1994 Tel Aviv: A Temporary Documentation, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, curated by: Batia Donner

1994 Export Surplus, Bograshov Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Ariella Azoulay

1993 Installation: Curatorial Discourse, Kalisher Gallery, curated by: Galit Eilat and Max Fridman

1993 Collection Plus, the Range of Realism: Contemporary Israeli Photography from the Collection of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and from Private Collections, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, curated by: Rona Sela

1991 Israeli Art Now: An Extensive Presentation, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, curated by: Ellen Ginton and Havatzelet Kolodro

1991 The Third Israeli Photography Biennial: Persistence of Memory, Museum of Art, Ein Harod, curated by: John Stathatos

1991 The South of the World, Galleria Civica d'Arte Contemporanea, Italy, curated by: Amnon Barzel

1990 Feminine Presence: Israeli Women Artists in the Seventies and the Eighties, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, curated by: Ellen Ginton

1989 Aperto '90, The Venice Biennale: The Israeli Proposal, Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan, curated by: Adam Baruch

1988 The Second Israeli Photography Biennial: Art Chronicle, Museum of Art, Ein Harod, curated by: Adam Baruch

1988 Fresh Paint: The Younger Generation in Israeli Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art and The Israel Museum, curated by: Ellen Ginton and Yigal Zalmona

1987 Artist-Format, Format-Artist: Israeli Art in Big Format, Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan, curated by: Meir Ahronson

1985 Four Artists, Ahad Ha'am Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Deganit Berest

1984 Young Artists, The Artists’ House, Tel Aviv, curated by: Raffi Lavie


Grants & Awards

2015 Minister of Culture Prize for Artists in the Field of Visual Art,

2010 Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

2004 Enrique Kavlin Photography Prize, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

2004 The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts Grant,

2003 Encouragement Prize, Ministry of Education and Culture

1997 Minister of Education and Culture Prize for Artisit in the Field of Visual Art,

1997 The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts Grant,

1996 Minister of Education and Culture Prize for Artisit in the Field of Visual Art,


Residencies & Fellowships

1994 Artist-in-Residence, The McGeorge Fellowship, University of Melbourne, Australia


Selected curatorial works

2015 Waiting - one year at Holot Detention Center, Israel, Noureldin Musa, Parasite Gallery, Tel Aviv

2006 Presence of Unknowing (or: What do you Know?), co-curated with EitanBuganim

2005 Why Don't You Say It?, experimental film project, The New Israeli Foundation for Cinema & TV, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya

1995 Neither Here nor There, Gordon Gallery, Tel Aviv

1994 Michael Shaphir, solo show, part of Nidbach series, The Artists' House, Jerusalem

1992 Uri Stettner, solo show, Bograshov Gallery, Tel Aviv

1991-1993 Curator of the Camera Obscura Gallery, Tel Aviv


Filmography

Profile of A Woman Artist - Rachel Shavit Bentwich, 2015, video, color, sound, 50 min

Looking for Sarah, 2012, video, color, sound, 15 min

Reality and Playing No. 2, 2009, video, color, sound, 31 min 

Reality and Playing, 2009, video, color, sound, 35 min

Through the Visual: A Tale of Art that Attacks Linking, 1917-2008, lecture, video, color, sound, 100 min

Con-ver-sation, 2008, video, color, sound, 2:40 min

Sleeping, Test No. 1, 2008, video, color, 5:45 min

Father not Uncle (Freud / Katharina), 2008, video, color, sound, 26 min

Daughtertype No. 2: Holding, or Savior-Attacker, 2007-08, video, color, sound, 9 min

Me and Freud (1925), 2006, 2 min

Attacks on Linking No. 1: The Rope, Screen Memory, L Link, 2006, video, color, sound, 3:50 min

Daughtertype No. 1: Michal is Crying, 2006, video, color, sound, 9:40 min

Attacks on Linking No. 4: Yom Kippur at High Noon, K Link (PTSD), 2006, video, black & white, sound, 7:30 min / Camera: Michal Heiman; Editing: Eitan Buganim

Attacks on Living No. 2: The Double, Case Study, B+B Link, 2003-06, video, color, sound, 7:10 min / Camera: Michal Heiman; Editing: Eitan Buganim

Attacks on Living No. 3: Proof Only, A Link, 2001-06, video, color, sound, 4:40 mi 

Thirdly: Animation No. 1 (Photographer Unknown / Eti and Tammuz), 2008, photo-activation, 1:20 min. Loop

Thirdly: Animation No. 2 (Photographer Unknown / Rachel and Michal), 2008, photo-activation, 2:04 min. Loop

Thirdly: Animation No. 4 (Photographer Unknown / Michal and Subjects Unknown), 2008, photo-activation, 1:30 min. Loop

 


Michal Heiman Tests

2018 Michal Heiman Test No. 2: My mother-in-Law – Test for Women, Enactment, Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany; Curated by Barbara Engelbach

2011 The Michal Heiman Test (M.H.T.) No. 4: Experimental Diagnostics of Affinitie, Enactment, Living Archive, The Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; Curated by Eva Birkenstock and Galit Eilat

2010 The Michal Heiman Test (M.H.T.) No. 4: Experimental Diagnostics of Affinitie, Enactment, The Politics of Collecting-The Collecting of Politics, Van Abbemuseum, Holland; Curated by Galit Eilat, Christine Bernard, Diana Fransen

2006 Michal Heiman Test (M.H.T) No.3, “Omanut Haaretz,” Reading Power Station, Tel Aviv; Curated by Tal Ben-Zvi (Catalogue)

2004 Michal Heiman Test (M.H.T) No. 3: What’s on Your Mind? Enactment, The Israeli Fringe Theater Festival, Acre; Artistic Director: Ati Citron

2001 Michal Heiman Test (M.H.T) No. 2: My Mother-in-Law – Test for Women, Enactment, “Israeli Art Today: Messages to the New Millennium,” The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama City, Japan; Curated by Galia Bar Or and Eitaru Eirano

2000 Michal Heiman Test (M.H.T) No. 2: My Mother-in-Law – Test for Women, Enactment, “The Angel of History,” Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya; Curated by Ariella Azoulay

1998 Michal Heiman Test (M.H.T) No. 2 – My Mother-in-Law – Test for Women, Enactment, Le Quartier, Quimper, France; Curated by Dominique Abensour

1997 Michal Heiman Test (M.H.T) No. 1: Enactment, Documenta X, Kassel, Germany; Curated by Catherine David


Collections

Bank Hapoalim Collection, Israel

Brandes Family Collection, Israel

Come il faut collection, Israel

FIBI Bank Collection

Igal Ahouvi Art Collection, Israel

Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Ministry of Culture, Israel

Museum of Art Ein Harod, Ein Harod

ORS Collection, Israel

Private Collections

Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv

The Ian Potter Museum of Art houses the University of Melbourne Art Collection, Melbourne, Australia

The Jewish Museum, New York, USA

The Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne, Australia

The Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany

The Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Private collections