The SYRIA Cultural Index (SCI) is a project of the Berlin-based cultural non-profit CoCulture. It is an online platform that aims to map, connect, showcase, and empower Syrian cultural creators around the world.
The online platform SYRIA Cultural Index aims to reconnect the cultural fabric of Syria that was torn apart after the revolution turned into an international proxy war. It will create a living archive that counteracts the fragmentation and displacement of the Syrian identity by representing and preserving itscultural heritage beyond national borders. The SCI is a tool for researching, mapping, and networking. The SCI is simultaneously a cultural archive, an event database and a career accelerator. Art becomes a bridge to dialogue, exchange of experience, and collaborative opportunities, connecting people across countries and helping them adapt to their new communities. Additionally, the SCI is an indispensable resource for Syrian artists, due to its database of worldwide events and opportunities such as funds, grants, residencies, and open calls. It is an important tool in extending the reach of Syrian art to international art audiences and vice versa. Professionals such as curators, museums, and researchers can easily explore the gallery, resulting in SCI artists having an increased presence in the global art world. The platform is an opportunity to discover Syria through the perspective of arts and culture - and to move beyond common stereotypes or ignorance, caused by war and immigration issues, to open-mindedness and understanding towards the Syrian people, resulting in enhanced cultural diversity.