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, experimenting with both figurative and abstract geography–predominantly using fragile and inconsequential materials such as paper, twine and twigs. Symbolic representation in her work addresses her personal history and experience of displacement connecting it with one of the most pressing issues of our time–the refugee crises, generating the largest human dislocation since world war II–and our response to it. Focusing on specific current events, their archetypal and psychological resonances, the artist traces urgent connections between the experience of refugees driven from their homes by armed 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.  


contact | anitagroener@gmail.com   






imma collection

facebook air program

point b

the josef & anni albers foundation

the poetry project


royal hibernian academy

arts tonight rte 1 (broadcast 27 April 2015)

andrew carson (studio assistant)

jane fogarty (studio assistant)


Copyright all images © Anita Groener, 2018