Through immersive installations, drawings, films, and animations I ask what is it to be human today?
The interconnection of my life, the world and time, experienced through a network of events, led me to focus on narratives and patterns of human migration and displacement. I use material metaphors, a symbolic representation and an aesthetic in my work that speaks to the fragility of present-day life and society.
Photograph by Janneke O'Connor
Anita Groener's work has exhibited recently at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Jane Lombard Gallery, New York; 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, where she had her formal education, the artist lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.
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 served as a member of the Public Art Committee of the Grangegorman Development Agency (2014-2021) and of 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