"In asking what it is to be human today, I think about the substance of loss and trauma rooted in this question.
What is it we lose as time goes by and what is it we lose as we move from one place to another?
As a consequence of my own migration, my experience is that of differences and how these differences can unite opposite worlds.. Through a socio-political consciousness the work identifies with universal narratives of displacement, their archetypal and psychological resonances, while the deliberately modest means of making speak to the fragility of life and society that current humanitarian crises expose. My installations set out to activate a space, to create a still point for contemplation, where questions about the ethics of witnessing and aesthetic response become a shared experience”
ANITA GROENER makes drawings, site-specific immersive installations, films, and animations that she exhibits internationally. Her most recent solo exhibition The Past is a Foreign Country started in Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick and toured to The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon; The LAB, Dublin and WCAC, Skibbereen, Cork in Ireland during 2018 - 2019. It received the Arts Council of Ireland Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Award in 2018. It will travel to Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in 2023.
Her work has been exhibited at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Columbus Circle, Shanghai; Riverside Museum, Beijing; Art on Paper, New York; Volta Basel with Gibbons & Nicholas; Stedelijk Museum Schiedam; 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville, Arkansas; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; Witteveen Visual Art Centre, Amsterdam; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; the Kilkenny Arts Festival; Poggiali & Forconi Gallery, Florence; Park013, Tilburg, and Rubicon Gallery Dublin. Collections include The Irish Museum of Modern Art; The Arts Council of Ireland; the State Art Collection, Ireland; 21c Museum Hotels; Sun Communities Inc, USA; VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam; Irish National Collection of Contemporary Drawing; AIB; and ABN-AMRO Bank and Facebook EMEA Headquarters. In 2010 she was awarded a residency at the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, CT, USA and in 2014 she was artist in residence at Point B, Williamsburg, NYC, USA. Commissions have included The Poetry Project; Home, a film/poem for Bealtaine Festival; Facebook HMEA Headquarters.
Born and raised in the Netherlands Anita Groener moved to Dublin in 1982 for a year. So she thought. One year grew into a lifetime eventually making Dublin her home. In 2005 she was elected a member of Aosdána, the prestigious official association of Ireland’s preeminent cultural producers. Until 2014 she was a lecturer in Fine Art at TU Dublin where she also served as the Head of Fine Art from 2004 to 2006. She is currently a member of the Public Art Committee of the Grangegorman Development Agency (2014-2021) and the Arts Council of Ireland Collection Acquisition Committee(2019-2020). She holds a BA in Fine Art from Moller Institute, Tilburg and an MA in Painting from de Hogeschool, Arnhem, the Netherlands.
Ps. Groener is pronounced Ghroo-nur in English ;)
INTERVIEWS + TALKS
ARTS TONIGHT RTE Radio interviews with artist and review of work
Talking about my work for the 'In Focus' series Butler Gallery, 2021
Artist talk about THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY in The Dock, Carrick-on Shannon, 2019
RHA Gallery Talk series, 'On Drawing' Anita Groener, 2017
Talk with Ed Krčma, LAND exhibition in Rubicon Gallery Dublin, 2011