Curator: Dr. Rotem Rozental
Platt and Borstein Galleries
January 12-April 7, 2020
First West Coast Solo Show!
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 12, 3pm
Please join an artist talk with Michal Heiman and Zhenya Gershman, during the opening reception (3pm).
Of the most influential artists working in Israel today, Michal Heiman’s work navigates the worlds of photography, archival practice, critical theory, psychoanalysis, diagnosis, gender and performance. Heiman invites the audience to take part in her performative vocabularies and research-based pursuits.
In this exhibition, her first solo show in the west coast, she will continue to excavate the histories of discarded, forgotten women that have been trapped in asylums, inviting the audiences to insert themselves into these untold histories.
Heiman will be in residence at the celebrated 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, where she will develop the exhibition and work on site.
About Michal Heiman:
Her work as a photographer, artist and curator has been shown in numerous galleries, museums and performance spaces around the world. In 1997, she represented Israel in Documenta X, held in Kassel, Germany. She also mentored generations of artists, both in the framework of her studio, and as an educator teaching in Israel’s most celebrated art schools. Over the years, Michal’s practice grew to encompass an array of archival pursuits and performative vocabularies that have met audiences in different ways. She aspires to create an active field of praxis, located between the discourses of critical theory, psychoanalysis, photography, diagnosis, and gender. Michal developed psychoanalytic tests and performed them in both academic and museum settings, excavated the histories of discarded, forgotten women that have been trapped in asylums and brought their stories into her work, creating archival environments and participatory performances that have allowed the audiences to insert themselves into these untold histories.
Caption: Michal Heiman, Mask: Plate 34, by Dr. Hugh W. Diamond, ca. 1855, Return: Asylum (The Dress, 1855-2019), 2016. Courtesy of the artist.