Khalid AlBaih is a Sudanese artist and political cartoonist, born in Bucharest, Romania, raised in Doha, Qatar and living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Khalid publishes his cartoons on social media under Khartoon!, a word play on cartoon and Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.
Khalid is taking part in a month-long Freedom residency in New York with ArtX and the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC). He considers himself a virtual revolutionist, publishing his political cartoons about life in the Arab world on international blogs and websites. He is currently resident in Copenhagen as part of the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN). His work champions freedom of expression in the Arab world and beyond. Khalid, like many other artists and world influencers have been pushing for #BlueforSudan social media campaign to show solidarity with pro- democracy protesters in Sudan.
“This is a very important time for the Sudanese diaspora to communicate with international cities like New York. I feel a responsibility to stand up for those fighting for freedom and hope in my country. Despite the backlash, Sudanese pro-democracy groups have perservered in their peaceful resistance, sometimes paying with their lives. Despite the anger and pain of losing friends and family, there is no turning back and there is no changing diretion at this point. As Malcolm X advised: 'Stumbling is not falling' and it is now more important than ever for the international cultural and media community to amplify the voices of those fighting for their freedom on the ground. As Martin Luther King Jr. said: 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,' and we stand on the side of all oppressed people around the world."
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