Gibbons and Nicholas

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State (detail)
Anita Groener

State (detail)

Citizen (detail)
Anita Groener

Citizen (detail)

Citizen (detail)
Anita Groener

Citizen (detail)

Exhibiting Artists

  • Anita Groener

ForthComing Events


  • This work is part of an ongoing project by artist Anita Groener called Citizen and
    addresses one of the most pressing issues of our time—the refugee crisis—and our
    response to it. Orchestrating site-specific installations, video projections, and
    drawings, Groener draws attention and compassion to the plight of displaced
    people. Focusing on specific current events, their archetypal and psychological
    resonances, Groener traces urgent connections between the experience of Syrians
    driven from their homes by armed conflict and her own life and family. Citizen,
    counters what the artist sees as an emerging collective alienation by encouraging
    the viewer to walk in the footsteps of a multitude of anonymous people on the
    move, without a country and without a home. It incites an imaginative journey
    between present and past, between here—the geographical, social, and cultural
    locations of the spectator—and there—the site of the represented trauma. While
    each one of Groener’s figures is unique and based on a specific individual in one of
    the thousands of photographs of displaced people she compiled during her
    research, as a host of silhouettes they become universal and timeless symbols that
    suggest the enduring magnitude of the phenomenon. The deliberately modest
    means of Groener’s installations and line drawings—twigs, cut paper, straight pins,
    gouache—speak to the fragility of life and society that refugee crises expose. Her
    art implicates herself and us, asking questions about the ethics of witnessing and
    aesthetic response.
    Born in The Netherlands and based in Dublin, Anita Groener is one of Ireland’s most
    distinguished artists, exhibiting her drawings, installations, films, and animations
    internationally. In 2005, she was elected a member of Aosdána, the prestigious
    official association of Ireland’s preeminent cultural producers. 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. Her work has been exhibited at the Irish Museum of
    Modern Art, Dublin; the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam; the Centre Culturel Irlandais,
    Paris; Witteveen Visual Art Centre, Amsterdam; the Kilkenny Arts Festival; Poggiali &
    Forconi Gallery, Florence; and Rubicon Gallery Dublin. Collections include The Irish
    Museum of Modern Art; The Arts Council, Ireland; the State Art Collection, Ireland;
    VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam; the Contemporary Irish Art Society; AIB;
    and ABN-AMRO Bank. In 2014, Groener was commissioned to create a site-specific
    work at Facebook’s European Headquarters in Dublin.