In December 2013, five Syrian photographers felt the urge to create something new and positive for the Syrian community. Ideas were combined, connections were made, and in March 2014, a new project was born : Syrian Eyes of the World.
Our goal : giving a voice without discrimination to the Syrians who are inside or outside of Syria, while inviting the audience for dialogue and to discover another face of Syria. In an often violent storm of images coming from Syria, we take a break and meet a mosaic of Syrians who share their own stories, sometimes dotted with sadness, tragedy and sorrow, but also with creation, hope and life.
Two years later, we are now a team of 12 volunteer photographers based in Damascus, Montreal, Aleppo, Beirut, Paris, Yerevan, Dubai & New York, who shared 200 portraits of Syrians around the world so far.
In Arabic, in English and in French, we multiplied our voices and reached thousands of people around the world through our website, newsletter and social media. We work on the reappropriation of our own image, and by the discussions generated both online and during our exhibitions, we also create environments of dialogue.
You can also support us by following our Facebook page and Instagram account:
In the upcoming year, our team seeks to go further and keep the project growing by offering two new creative workshops to Syrian refugees, by producing an experimental short documentary and by expanding in four new cities.
If everything goes well, this fundraiser will also help us update our website, present more exhibitions and start working on our first book.
Workshops : In December 2015, we offered our first workshop to 11 Syrian kids in Shatila, Lebanon, and it was an amazing experience. It confirmed our desire to create more of these workshops, which not only create a safe and playful space for creation and dialogue, but that also give tools for a better future by creating job opportunities, by working in teams and by empowering self-confidence. Our objective is to also create partnerships with scholars who will help us shape these workshops.
* Cover picture was taken by Manuel Caballero during that workshop.
Short documentary : 50 Syrians, 15 seconds each. By capturing portraits in this new way, we go deeper into the worlds of these Syrians that are now scattered around the planet. Moving images mixed with voices, edited into a 13 minutes short documentary.
New cities : Our most recent team members joined from Paris, France, so our collective is now present in Europe as well as in North America, in the Middle-East and in Syria. To keep representing Syrians, we believe our next photographers should be based in Syria, Germany, Turkey and Jordan.
If you believe in our mission of giving a voice to Syrians around the world and to archive this important part of History, without political or religious agendas, we invite you to support us so we can grow, innovate and stay ad free & independent.
Risks and challenges
Considering what our team has been able to accomplish voluntarily in the past two years, our biggest challenge will be to stay on course considering our constant growth and many possibilities that we face.
Please note that Syrian Eyes of the World is officially hosted by La maison de la Syrie, a non-profit cultural organization based in Montreal, Canada.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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