Mission


coculture is a non-profit organization based in Berlin/ Germany, dedicated to support, empower and connect Syrian cultural producers around the world, making the Syrian cultural scene more accessible.


Background


Since 2011, Syrian culture has been dispersed in several ways: GEOGRAPHICALLY – within Syria and due to the ongoing war, all over the world, RELIGIOUSLY – between sects and religious groups, and POLITICALLY – between different political stand points. Syria’s culture is threatened not only by the ongoing destruction of its heritage and continuous human rights violations, it is also slowly eroding with the assimilation of Syrian cultural producers into their new surroundings.

Khaled Barakeh was born in Syria, he is an internationally well-established artist who studied in Damascus, Syria, at the Funen Art Academy in Odense, Denmark and the Städelschule in Frankfurt a.M. He has lived in Germany since 2010. In 2017, he and Benjamin Glatte decided to found the association coculture e.V. with the aim to support, empower and connect Syrian cultural producers around the world, making the Syrian cultural scene more accessible.


Values


All our activities and projects reflect the following beliefs:

  • Artistic networking & community building:

  • Integration & visibility

  • Diversity

  • Reconnection of social fabric

  • Counteraction to defragmentation and displacement

  • Capacity building

A space – online and offline - for artists, art professionals and institutions – local and international, native and in exile - to connect and collaborate.
A platform for everyone to discover Syria through its rich culture and outstanding art scene; a contribution to a much-needed conversation around Syria’s media generated image.
An active exchange of varying viewpoints leads to a more creative and innovative thinking – that’s why we work with people of different nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, religions, cultures and languages.

Connect forcefully displaced artists with those who remain in Syria and other war zones, using art to facilitate dialogue and exchange.

Represent and preserve Syria’s cultural heritage beyond national borders.

Support and empower Syrian artists and art professionals in their career development.

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