Khaled Khalifa

Portrait Mustafa Khalifa

Khaled Khalifa was born in Syria in 1964. He studied law in his hometown of Aleppo and was the co-founder and co-editor of the literary journal »Alif«, a critical platform for experimental writing. In the early 1980s he was a member of the Literary Forum at Aleppo University, a group from which many major poets […]

Kheder Alagha

Portrait Kheder Alagha

born in 1963 in Salamiyah, Hama, is a Syrian poet, literary critic, journalist, and author of numerous academic works on Syrian language and literature. Until 2011, he was head editor of cultural journalism for »Jousur« and »Shurufat« and wrote for several international media outlets. The anthology »Innenansichten aus Syrien« (tr. »Inside views from Syria«) which […]

Kenan Khadaj

born in 1990 in Syria, studied economics there, but was forced to abandon his studies due to the political situation. He fled to Europe in 2014, and has lived in Berlin since 2015. The journalist and short story author has published journalistic texts and was involved in aid projects in Syria. Translations of his work […]

Khaled Barakeh

Portrait Khaled Barakeh

born in 1976 in Damascus, is a Berlin-based artist and cultural activist whose work revolves around power structures in the context of politics, culture, and identity. As part of his artistic practice, he founded the non-profit organization CoCulture, which addresses the challenges faced by displaced cultural producers. For the project »Familiar and Strange Places« he […]

Inam Bioud

Portrait Inam Bioud

Inam Bioud was born in Damascus in 1953, the daughter of a Syrian mother and an Algerian father. In 1966 the family moved to Algiers, where Inam attended the Egyptian high school and had her first poems published in the Algerian press. She went on to study architecture and art in Damascus and Algiers, completed […]

Hala Mohammad

Portrait Hala Mohammad

Hala Mohammad was born in the Syrian port city of Latakia. She was raised in a liberal home, studied film at the Université Paris VIII Vincennes-Saint-Denis and later worked as a costume designer, script-writer and director’s assistant for Abdellatif Abdul-Hamid. In 1994, Hala Mohammad turned to poetry as well. She has released five collections of […]

Hamid Sulaiman

Portrait Hamid Sulaiman

The painter and illustrator Hamid Sulaiman was born in Damascus in 1986. He began studying architecture and art at the University of Damascus in 2005 and graduated in 2010, after which he worked as a graphic designer in Syria. After the outbreak of the civil war in 2011, he was temporarily imprisoned and eventually fled […]

Guevara Namer

Portrait Guevara Namer

is a Kurdish-Syrian photographer and documentary filmmaker. She studied photography and Dramatic Critics & Studies in Damascus. Her film »Morning Fears, Night Chants« (2012) was premiered at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam and was broadcasted by Alarabiya and ARTE. She worked as a production manager for Syrian documentaries and now works as a creative producer. […]

Fuad Rifka

Fuad Rifka was born in Syria in 1930 and moved to Lebanon with his Christian parents in the 1940s.  He studied Philosophy in Beirut and obtained a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Tübingen in 1965 with a dissertation on the aesthetics of Martin Heidegger.  Since 1966 he has taught Philosophy at the Lebanese […]

Fouad EL-Auwad

Portrait Fouad EL-Auwad

Fouad EL-Auwad was born in Damascus in 1965 and has lived in Germany since 1986. Alongside his activities as poet, mystic, storyteller and translator, he studied Architecture in Aachen, where he also graduated. Poetry and music have always been intertwined for EL-Auwad. In 1987 he founded the group »Kan yama Kan, es war einmal« (tr: […]

Fady Jomar

Portrait Fady Jomar

born in 1979 in Damascus, Syria, where he studied business economics at the University of Damascus. He is an author, poet, songwriter and journalist, and is the cultural and online editor at »Abwab«. The opera »Kalila Wa Dimna«, for which he wrote the libretto, was performed at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. He has also written song […]

Dima al-Bitar Kalaji

Portrait Dima al-Bitar Kalaji

is a Syrian freelance journalist who has been living in Berlin since 2013. Her texts have appeared in »ZON«, among others. For Deutschlandfunk Kultur, she produced the podcast series »Syrmania«, which discusses the lives of Syrians newly arrived in Germany in Arabic and German. She also works as a curator and editor for »WIR MACHEN […]