Nest is visually simple and symbolically complex
Anita was born and educated in the Netherlands but has lived and worked in Ireland for many years. The nest of the title fell from a tree in her mother’s garden in the Netherlands. She brought it back to Ireland, not knowing how it might be transformed. Ten years later, and two years after her mother had died, she returned to it as it contained both personal and universal resonances. Two hands, calmly and systematically, over a period of thirty minutes, take apart the nest, twig by twig until there is nothing left but dust. Home is deeply connected to ideas of history. No matter how integrated a refugee, migrant or immigrant might become, they may never share in that. Editor: Andrew Carson
Running time: 28 minutes, 23 seconds
Anita Groener is a visual artist who makes drawings, site-specific immersive installations, films, and animations that she shows internationally. Approaching the world and time as networks of events, the artist asks what it is to be human today. During the last several years she has been concentrating on urgent stories and patterns of migration, their archetypal and psychological resonances. Material metaphors, symbolic representation and the aesthetic in her work speak to the fragility of present day life and society.
A major new exhibition by Anita, 'To The Edge of Your World' will open at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris on April 6, and then tour to the Netherlands and New York.