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In the lead up to COP26, CIRCA is dedicating their global art and culture platform to a month-long public investigation of the urgent question ‘WHERE DO WE GO FROM NOW?’, featuring key responses from artists, writers, thinkers and various cultural leaders. The project harnesses today’s global moment of unpredictable flux to propose routes toward more inclusive, more creative and fairer societies, placing a focus on the shared “now” of this unique post-crisis moment, rather than the divided “here” of our individual circumstances.

Find out about today's artist response to ‘WHERE DO WE GO FROM NOW?’ below.

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Aukje Dekker, TELL ME, 2021

‘A work in which confidences fall on deaf ears’

This recent work by Aukje Dekker is a video installation, shot from a series of silent and secret conversations held in The Hague in 2021. The participants were given the opportunity to free some emotions without words. They shared their secrets with Dekker in a one-on-one setting without giving sound to it. Shared, but not outspoken, the artist ‘heard’ them by reading their lips. Dekker is born hearing impaired and a trained lip-reader. The series touches upon different elements, from the iconography of language to the concept of privacy, the exploration of symbols and the power of interpretation. By confiding into the artist silently, the beholder sets in motion a chain of liberation: not totally given, not totally taken, it's literally hanging in the air.

For CIRCA, Aukje Dekker has filmed herself answering WHERE DO WE GO FROM NOW?