Curated by Sarah Gordon
November 9-December 15, 2019
Michal Heiman, Mask: detail from “Plate 34” by Dr. Hugh W. Diamond, 1855, 2016.
Michal Heiman, Mask: detail from a photograph by George Charles Beresford, 1902 of Virginia Woolf (b. London, 1882–1941), writer, 2016.
Radical Link is the latest project by Tel Aviv-based multi-media artist Michal Heiman. Traversing time, space, gender, race, and institutional practices of asylum, Heiman offers a new way to extend solidarity to those who engage in acts of resistance by creating a new community. It includes women who have been subjugated by the Surrey County Asylum in London and the San Servolo Asylum in Venice, asylum seekers, artists, activists, prosecutors, gatekeepers, and those who have suffered under the violence of racism and misogyny. Through the strategies of intervention and the use of archival materials, photographs, films, sound work, and her presence in the gallery, she generates the political, cultural, gendered, and psychic conditions of a potential “return.”
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, including essays by curator Sarah Gordon; Sharon Sliwinski, Professor of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario; Orna Ben-Naftali, Emile Zola Chair for Human Rights and Lecturer at the Haim Striks School of Law; and artist Michal Heiman.
Sarah Gordon is Curator at the Washington, DC, Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She has also curated and coordinated exhibitions at the Art Museum of the Americas and the National Gallery of Art and taught at Smith College, American University, and George Washington University. Gordon is author of Indecent Exposures: Eadweard Muybridge’sAnimal Locomotion Nudes (Yale, 2015).
Lodestar Fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation