Michal Heiman is an artist, curator, theoretician and activist, founder of the Photographer Unknown archive (1984), and creator of the Michal Heiman Tests (M.H.T.s)1–4. Heiman teaches at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and is a member of the Tel-Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

In 2015, Heiman founded the organization “Women in the Academy” in the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, and in 2018, she founded the Community Interest Company (CIC) “An Academy of Her Own”. 

Heiman’s work inhabits a new field between history, visual culture, diagnosis, psychoanalysis, and human rights, focusing on women's rights. Her Installations, enactments, archival materials, photographs and film series are deeply rooted in the political, familial, and social arenas. Heiman's works have been exhibited largely in venues around the world, and she is the first recipient of the Shpilman International Prize for excellence and research in photography, in collaboration with Israel Museum.

Heiman 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 Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (Holland), the Kunsthaus Bregenz (Austria), and the Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York. Herzliya Museum for Contemporary Art (Israel), The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion in Tel-Aviv Museum (Israel).

In recent years, Heiman is focusing on her ongoing journey and research with anonymous and marginalized women hospitalized in asylums. Starting with AP: Artist Proof – a solo exhibition in Herzliya Museum in 2017, and continuing in the U.S with Radical Link: A New Community of Women, 1855–2020 at American University Museum at Katzen Art Center, Washington, DC, and Hearing at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA. In 2023 Heiman will be exhibiting the solo exhibition Michal Heiman: Chronically linked at Binghamton University Art Museum, NY.