Born and raised in The Netherlands Anita Groener is based in Dublin, Ireland. She makes drawings, site-specific immersive installations, films, and animations, that she exhibits internationally. Her most recent solo exhibition THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY toured to four different venues 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 2021.
Asking what it is to be human today, Anita Groener explores the substance of trauma and loss rooted in this question. Material metaphors and the deliberately modest means of Groener's work speak to the fragility of contemporary life and society that present-day crises expose. Her art implicates herself and us, asking questions about the ethics of witnessing and aesthetic response.
Her work has been exhibited at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; Art on Paper, New York City; Riverside Museum, Beijing; Columbia Circle, Shanghai; Volta Basel; Drawing Now, Paris; Point B | Williamsburg, New York City; and DuPont Underground, Washington DC. She received several awards including residencies at the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation, Connecticut; Facebook Artist in Residency Program; Point b Williamsburg, New York City.
She was a lecturer at TU Dublin where she was also the Head of Fine Art from 2004 to 2006. In 2005, the artist was elected a member of Aosdána, the prestigious official association of Ireland's preeminent cultural producers.