Mount Tamalpaïs (2015)

Etel Adnan
Mount Tamalpaïs
Wool tapestry; 212 x170 cm
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation
Sharjah Art Foundation Collection
Photo: Danko Stjepanovic


Drawing from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection, In the Heart of Another Country showcases the work of more than 60 artists through over 150 artworks in all media, many of which have rarely, if ever, been seen outside of their original context. In the Heart of Another Country explores the concept of home—of longing, belonging, and rootedness— tracing a travelogue through multiple underrepresented sites, histories, and geographies within the art historical canon. The artists featured in the exhibition have traversed migratory routes from South and West Asia, through Africa, and the Caribbean.

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. In the Heart of Another Country embodies Sharjah Art Foundation’s critical role in advancing East-East and South-South understanding of art making, 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.


The exhibition is accompanied by a microsite with 3D artefacts from the Sharjah Art Foundation's collection and background information on the artists represented in the exhibition.