A lecturer and curator for the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Arts and the Advanced Studies Psychotherapy Program at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Michal Heiman‘s interdisciplinary practice includes installation, painting, photography, and video. Her work is often based on extensive research in the fields of psychology and philosophy and centers on the themes of psychoanalysis, clinical research, the history of art, politics, and the gender debate. Heiman’s work constructs a mediating space between art and psychoanalysis so as to veer between the familiar space of psychology, and the aesthetic expression of the visual, between words and images, between viewing and interpreting.
Heiman exhibited at Documenta X in 1997 with her work Michal Heiman Test No. 1 (M.H.T). Heiman continued her testing series with Michal Heiman Test (M.H.T.) No. 2 – My Mother-in-Law – Test for Women, debuted in Quimper, France in 1998. The third test was shown at the Acre Fringe Festival in 2004. Her solo show at the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art in 2008 was titled “Attacks on Linking.” She has exhibited in Israel, The United States, Australia, Japan, France, Germany, Holland and more. Her work is included in the collections of major museums in Israel and abroad. The political engagement of her work and its significance is widely discussed in The Civil Contract of Photography by Ariella Azoulay. She is also recognized for her lectures on the British psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion (1897-1979), her film series Attacks on Linking and Daughtertype, as well as her videos based on case studies by psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and D.W. Winnicott. Her work was recently included in the show “The Politics of Collecting – The Collecting of Politics” at the Van Abbemuseum where she presented the latest installment of the Michal Heiman Test series – The Heiman Test – Experimental Diagnostic of Affinities (M.H.T. No. 4) – a new test based on the psychological diagnostic tool developed by psychiatrists Léopold Szondi in the 1930′s.
Heiman was announced as the recipient of the first Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography. The prize is accompanied by a solo exhibition at the Israel Museum in 2012. Heiman was an America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship recipient from 1989-1990.