Meeting for Minds on Art with Geha Mental Health Center – Israel 2017

On 16 March 2017 at 7:30pm at the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Hertsliya, Israel, Meeting for Minds held the exhibition Creative Minds Think Unalike” – Meeting for Minds on Art with Geha Mental Health Center.

The event hosted the following speakers:

  • Dr Aya Lurie (Director and Chief Curator of Herzliya Museum)
  • Dr Gil Zalsman (Director of Geha Mental Health Center, Petach Tikva) – ‘Work of Geha Mental Health Centre’
  • Dr Itamar Khan (Brain System Organisation and Neurodegeneration, Technion University) – ‘Meeting for Minds and it’s activities’
The event included the three speeches, as well as art instillations by artist Michal Heiman, all of which exploring the link between mental health and art.  Meeting for Minds also screened footage from our 2016 Israeli Spring School.
Artist Michal Heiman presented her  work “Asylum (The Dress) 1852 – 2017” on display throughout the museum.
Michal Heiman’s exhibition included an installation, performance, video, sound, photographs, floor work, objects, documents, and archival display. In 2012, she came across the book The Face of Madness: Hugh W. Diamond and the Origin of Psychiatric Photography (1976), and had a crucial encounter with a photograph – Plate 34. This image led her to undertake a project that seeks to envision the political, cultural, gendered, and psychic conditions of possibility of a “return.” Heiman’s radical proposal is to create a new community comprised of dozens of women – asylum-seekers, activists, artists, and others – from 1855 to 2017.
The event “Creative Minds Think Unalike” was organised by Michal Shariv of Meeting for Minds, Israel.

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