We the People (Arabic Version) (2018)

Nari Ward
We the People (Arabic Version)
Shoelaces; 570 x 230 cm
Art Foundation Collection
Photo: Danko Stjepanovic


In the Heart of Another Country explores the concept of home, of longing and belonging, by artists who hail from multiple diasporas. The exhibition draws on art from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection to explore the ways that physical movement—mobility across geographies—has shaped the frame of global art today. The artists herein have traversed migratory routes from South and West Asia, through Africa and the Caribbean. Many now live in dispersed sites, far from where they first believed that they belonged.

In the Heart of Another Country showcases the work of more than 60 artists through over 140 artworks in all media, many of which have rarely, if ever, been seen outside of their original context. Recently restored installations are presented alongside contemporary acquisitions, which narrate a communal story of kinship amongst artists—one often developed against a backdrop of political turmoil and social unrest.

The exhibition embodies the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection’s goal to present art that posits East-East and South-South alliances, forging a meeting point, a connective tissue that nurtures a polyphonous and inclusive art history.

In the Heart of Another Country is organised by Deichtorhallen, Hamburg and Sharjah Art Foundation. The exhibition is curated by Dr Omar Kholeif, Director of Collections and Senior Curator, Sharjah Art Foundation.