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Against the backdrop of political upheaval in both the United States and his native Sudan, Khalid Albaih, embarks on a series of journeys to Washington, D.C., Houston,Memphis, and New York, exploring the shared struggle for human and civil rights between the Arab World and the United States. Khalid and CULTURUNNERS start their journey in Washington D.C. in 2016, then drive cross-country through the Southern US before arriving in Memphis, TN for a historic talk 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. In 2019, CULTURUNNERS invited Khalid back to the US to present his first major US exhibition, 'Stumbling is Not Falling' at ArtX in Manhattan's meatpacking district.
Khalid Albaih, a Sudanese political cartoonist, explores race, politics, and the shared struggle for human and civil rights between the Arab World and the United States.
Khalid Albaih is a Sudanese artist, political cartoonist, illustrator, designer and a writer. As an African Muslim, brought up in the Gulf, he explores race, politics and the global struggle for civil and human rights. Khalid publishes his cartoons on social media under the name 'Khartoon!', a word play on cartoon and Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. Albaih's cartoons, which have become symbols for resistance and a challenge to the status quo, have been published widely in international publications including The Atlantic, PRI, NPR, New York Times, BBC, The Guardian and Al Jazeera. Khalid Albaih currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark where he is the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) PEN Artist-in-Residence. He is the 2018 inaugural Soros Arts Fellow for the Open Society Foundation and was the 2016 Oak Fellow at the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby College in Maine.View profile