Khalid Albaih is a Sudanese artist and political cartoonist. He is 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 articles typically discuss cartoons and digital media's influence in the Arab world in relation to the world at large: The Arab world has a media censorship problem, but so does the west, When cartoons upset the ‘wrong people’, How WhatsApp is fuelling a sharing revolution in Sudan, Snapchat: The end to being social on social media?
Albaih's 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 Virginia 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).
Khalid Albaih is affiliated Copenhagen as a city artist through the ICORN programme until October 2019. Through participation in the Copenhagen arts and culture environment, he focuses on freedom of expression through his drawings and projects. Copenhagen Libraries, which hosts Khalid, plans a series of events in the spring of 2018.
Before arriving in Copenhagen in October 2017, Albaih lived many years in Doha, Qatar, where he worked for the Qatar Museums Authority as Head of Installation and Design. Albaih says that he hopes to be able to publish his work extensively during his residency in Copenhagen, and in so doing diversify his publication-base. He hopes to fully engage the community, including holding exhibitions and teaching, in Copenhagen and beyond, as he sees it as essential to making his art thrive.
08.11.2017: in Politiken.dk:
Støtte til ytringsfrihed: København giver husly til arabisk satiriker
08.11.2017 at Københavns Kommune:
København har modtaget sin fribyforfatter