Khalid AlBaih is a Sudanese artist and political cartoonist, born in Bucharest, Romania in 1980. He currently lives and works in Doha, Qatar, where he has been based since 1990. Khalid publishes his cartoons on social media under Khartoon!, a word play on cartoon and Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. Albaih's cartoons have been published widely in international publications including The Atlantic, PRI, and NPR, in addition to his published written social and political commentary in publications such as The Guardian and Al Jazeera. His work has been exhibited in group exhibitions including “do it [in Arabic]” (Sharjah, 2016) and “RE:BELLION // RE:LIGION // RE:FORM - Artistic Action in Times of Crisis” (Zwickau, Germany, 2015), as well as solo exhibitions at Virgina Commonwealth University ( Doha, Qatar, 2016), 1After360 Gallery (New Delhi, India, 2016), the Arab American National Museum (Dearborn, MI, 2015), McGill University Montreal, 2014), and Edge of Arabia (London, 2013).
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KHARTOON! TO EXPLORE CIVIL & HUMAN RIGHTS ON ARTISTS’ ROADTRIP BETWEEN WASHINGTON D.C. & MEMPHIS, TENESSEE
LEADING ARAB CARTOONIST, KHALID ALBAIH (KHARTOON!), TO EXPLORE THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL & HUMAN RIGHTS WHILE TRAVELING FROM U.S. CAPITOL TO THE NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM AT THE LORRAINE MOTEL IN MEMPHIS, TN
Against the backdrop of the US Presidential election, one of the most influential political cartoonists in the Arab world, Khalid Albaih, will travel from Washington, D.C. to Memphis, TN (via New York, NY and Houston, TX) exploring the shared struggle for human and civil rights between the Middle East and the United States. The journey will culminate in Memphis with an event at the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
As pressure increases for human rights across the Middle East and North Africa, Doha-based Sudanese artist will travel the US as part of CULTURUNNERS US Tour, exploring the emerging race and civil rights issues in relation to heightened discussions around the presidential election campaigns.
As tensions rise and accusations sparkle, we see the campaign reaching its peak, setting a fertile ground for a cartoonist who is used to covering politics in a delicate region like the Middle East.
Khalid and CULTURUNNERS will start their journey in Washington D.C., taking part in a roundtable at the Arab Center of Washington, before flying to New York and then Houston, where they will pick up the CULTURUNNERS RV and drive through the Southern US before arriving in Memphis, TN on May 5th where they will co-host a historic talk at the National Civil Rights Museum.
CULTURUNNERS is an organization devoted to bridging the gap of understanding by bringing artists from the Middle East to the United States, and vice versa. For the last two years, the group has been traveling throughout the US and Mexico in an arts-studio RV, hosting cultural exchanges in various locations including MIT, the Smithsonian Institute, The Armory Show and at gas stations along the way.