Asking what it is to be human today, Anita Groener explores the tissue of trauma and loss rooted in this question, through drawings, large scale installations, films, and animations. She makes work for what still needs language bringing into play both figurative and abstract geography. Symbolic representation tackles her own history and experience of displacement connecting it with one of the most pressing issues of our time – the refugee crises– and our collective response to it. The artist focusses on specific current events, their archetypal and psychological resonances, tracing urgent connections between people driven from their homes through armed, economic or political conflict and her own life and family.
Anita Groener was born in The Netherlands and is based in Dublin, Ireland. In 2005, she was elected a member of Aosdána, the prestigious official association of Ireland’s preeminent culturalproducers. Until 2014 she was a professor at the Dublin Institute of Technology where she also served as the Head of Fine Art from 2004 to 2006.