A PRAYER FOR MECCA:
As the hajj begins once again, Saudi artist Ahmed Mater has revealed unprecedented changes to the holy city – from flashy new hotels to the loss of priceless neighbourhoods. In the third episode of Crossing the Line, our series connecting the US and Middle East, he takes us inside Islam’s urban heart
Against the backdrop of the US Presidential election, and increasingly anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from Donald Trump and the Republican Party, Palestinian artist, Khaled Jarrar, travels along the US / Mexican border from San Diego / Tijuana to El Paso / Juarez. Along the way Jarrar explores common concerns and human stories along the border. His journey culminates with the installation of an artwork made from stolen pieces of the US / Mexico border wall, in Juarez, Mexico. Although Jarrar has not given the monument a name, local people are calling it, “Khaled’s Ladder.”
The story of civil rights is unfinished: a Sudanese artist on a US road trip | Crossing the line
Khalid Albaih, a Sudanese political cartoonist who lives in Qatar, is taking a road trip across the US with 10 Middle Eastern artists.
A GOOD EAR FOR PITCh: BBc
Dean du Plessis is one of a handful of cricket commentators in Zimbabwe. But he’s the only one who can convey the intricate details of the game just by listening to what’s happening on the field.