The Woman Who Walks Through Photographs

Abstract: This paper explores Michal Heiman’s creative strategy to imaginatively enter the space of asylum. Her recent project, Return: asylum (the Dress, 1855-2018), offers a new way to extend solidarity to people who have been subjugated by the institution. She actively enlists the public’s help in developing further strategies for connecting with those individuals who have been bereft of legal rights to property, family, or public hearing. This article explores Heiman’s crucial political intervention, which blends creative visual practice with object relations theory.

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About Sharon Sliwinski

Sharon Sliwinski is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work bridges the fields of visual culture, political theory, and the life of the mind. Her first, awarding-winning book, Human Rights in Camera (University of Chicago Press, 2011), explored the visual politics of human rights. She has contributed broadly to the field of photography studies, most recently coediting Photography and the Optical Unconscious (Duke University Press, 2017). Her recent work investigates the social, political, and cultural significance of dream-life, which is represented in her book Dreaming in Dark Times (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) and online in The Museum of Dreams.