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.
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.
All our activities and projects reflect the following beliefs:
Artistic networking & community building:
Integration & visibility
Reconnection of social fabric
Counteraction to defragmentation and displacement
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.