Romanian born, Qatari raised, Sudanese artist and political cartoonist, 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. Based in Doha, Qatar since 1990, Albaih worked as the Head of Public Art for Qatar Museums Authority. Albaih publishes his cartoons on social media under the name “Khartoon,” a pun on his hometown and the capital city of Sudan. His cartoons have appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, National Public Radio, and the BBC, and his social and political written commentary has been published in The Guardian, CNN, and Al Jazeera, among others. Albaih's work has also been exhibited around the globe, including in the United States, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Qatar, India, and Japan. Albaih is the founder of both @DohaFashionFridays and the Khartoum Art + Comics Library and is also an instrumental figure in the artist collective, CULTURUNNERS. Recent exhibitions of Albaih's work include The Art of Resistance at the Power of Art House, Amsterdam (2019), #Crowdsourced at Katara Art Center, Doha (2017), and @Khartoon!-@khalidalbaih at the Harvard Center of Middle Eastern Studies in Boston (2016).
Image courtesy of the artist