Anita Groener solo exhibition
The Past Is A Foreign Country asks what is it to be human today. Through drawings, large scale installations, film, and animation Anita Groener explores the tissue of trauma and loss rooted in this question. She makes work for what still needs language, experimenting with both figurative and abstract geography. The deliberately modest means of the work (twigs, paper, pins, twine and gouache) speak to the fragility of life and society that refugee crises expose. Her art asks questions about the ethics of witnessing atrocity and aesthetic response.
The exhibition received an Arts Council Touring and Dissemination Award, and was initiated by the Limerick City Gallery of Art, and will tour to, The Lab, Dublin and Uilinn, Skibbereen after the Dock in 2019.
A new catalogue to accompany this touring exhibition – with contributions from Joseph R. Wolin, writer and curator based in New York City; Séan Kissane, curator Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Suzanne Lynch, Washington DC correspondent for The Irish Times; Razan Ibraheem, Syrian journalist based in Ireland and Peter Sirr, Irish poet, will be launched at the opening on Saturday 19th January.
Anita Groener was born in The Netherlands and is based in Dublin, Ireland. In 2005, she was elected a member of Aosdána. Until 2014 she was a lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology where she also served as the Head of Fine Art from 2004 to 2006.
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Exhibition preview and event
As part of the exhibition opening Una McCarthy, Director of Limerick City Gallery, was in discussion with Anita Groener and Jackie McKenna. The evening finished with a special screening accompanied by Syrian musician Mohammad Syfkhan.
Damascus born Maya Youssef is hailed as “queen of the qanun”, the 78 stringed Middle Eastern plucked zither. Performed a special musical concert
Images by Paul McCarthy