Asking what it is to be human today, Anita Groener explores the substance of trauma and loss rooted in this question through drawing, painting, large scale installation, film, and animation. Themes in her work flow from biographical transitions, examining contemporary and contested ideas of home, displacement and othering. Symbolic representation connects personal history and the experience of displacement with one of the most pressing issues of our time - the refugee crises- and our collective response to it. 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. Recent exhibitions include 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.
Anita Groener was born in the Netherlands and is based in Dublin, Ireland. 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.