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In the Heart of Another Country
The Diasporic Imagination in the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

Edited by Omar Kholeif

With contributions by Bani Abidi, Nawar Al Qassimi, Sky Arundhati Thomas, Stephanie Bailey, Anne Barlow, Lubaina Himid, Omar Kholeif, Zeina Al Kattan, Chris McCormack, Sarah Perks, Reem Sawan und Sofia Victorino and forewords by Hoor Al Qasimi and Dirk Luckow.

320 pages, with numerous colored illustrations.
In German and English. 24 x 21 cm.
Snoeck Publishing House.

Onlineshop of Deichtorhallen Hamburg
€ 35,00, incl. VAT

“In the Heart of Another Country” explores the concept of home—of longing and belonging—through almost 150 works from 61 artists. The landmark memoir by the late artist and writer Etel Adnan “In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country” (2004) served as a source of inspiration. The exhibition and this publication take us on a journey through time from 1935 to the present, drawing on the collections of the Sharjah Art Foundation. Tracing the migration of artistic forms from the Emirate of Sharjah’s heritage areas to Zanzibar and Cairo, this travelogue extends to the suburbs of Paris, the streets of Harlem, New York, and back again.

Curated and edited by Omar Kholeif.

Included artists - see the list

Table of contents

Foreword, Dirk Luckow

Foreword, Hoor Al Qasimi

In the Heart of Another Country
Omar Kholeif

Chapter 1
Architecture by Other Means: The Abstract Body Meets the Concrete City

Chapter 2
Reclaimed Portraits: Invisible Acts of Repair

Chapter 3
Going South: Travels from Gulf to Gulf, from Coast to Coast

‘Ifyou meet me on the street, don’t be sure it’s me’.
Sofia Victorino in conversation with: Bani Abidi, Lubaina Himid, Hrair Sarkissian


Afterword: Smile, You’re in Sharjah
Nawar Al Qassimi

In the Heart of Another Country
The Diasporic Imagination in the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

28 October 2022 - 12 March 2023
Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
Hall of Contemporary Art
Address, contacts

Deichtorhallen, Hamburg and Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE

Curator: Dr Omar Kholeif
Director of Collections and Senior Curator, Sharjah Art Foundation

Works by 61 artists

Exhibition Designer and Architectural Consultant: Todd Reisz

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