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Anita Groener, A memoir for the Future, 2023, twijgjes, touw, polymer gouache, 28(h) x 16(d) x 16(w) cm, foto: Ros Kavanagh
The Paper Biennale 2022. Transition attracted a record number of visitors (13,150). Visitors could vote for their favorite artist. With a convincing majority of 5,530 votes, more than a third, Anita Groener (1958) won the Audience Award.
Therefore, she returns to Museum Rijswijk with a solo exhibition. To the Edge of Your World questions what it means to be human today. In the intimate works, meticulously discarded materials such as twigs, rope and cardboard transform into delicate sculptures. They are metaphors for the interconnectedness between world events and individual experiences.
Themes such as migration, memory, time and place have been central to Groener's work since her own migration.
Since the beginning of humanity, people have traveled around the world, sometimes by choice, but often motivated by hunger, insecurity and war. A record number of people are currently forced to flee, leaving behind home, hearth, family and loved ones.
Anita Groener is a Dutch artist who lives and workes in Dublin for years. She exhibits throughout Europe and her works are included in museum and private collections worldwide.
In the exhibition Anita Groener. To the Edge of Your World the diversity (sculpture, drawing, sound, video) in her oeuvre shows.
Walk & Talk by Anita Groener in English on Saturday March 2 at 12h.
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Anita Groener, To the Edge of Your World (detail installation), 2023, twigs, rope
Anita Groener, Prolonged by a Hundred Shadows (detail), 2022, paper, yarn, painted twigs.
Anita Groener showed this work in the Papier Biennale 2022. Transition.
The core of the collection of works by Hermanus Berserik (1921-2002) in Museum Rijswijk was purchased directly from the artist between 1980 and 2000. At the beginning of this century, the collection was already large in size and diverse. Since then, works have been added incrementally. In recent years, the collection has grown explosively thanks to various donations and a large loan from the government. In this way, capital works were introduced that would otherwise have remained beyond the reach of the museum. Even more facets of Berserik's artistry are given substance, especially thanks to the works from the period after 1990 that were only sparsely present in the collection.
Berserik's work was initially characterized by silence and something mysterious. The spectator is constantly looking for something that cannot be seen in the image. In his later, much more loosely painted landscapes and coastal views, the unmistakable signs of decay in the depiction betray the nostalgia of an aging artist.
Hermanus Berserik, De bui komt op, acryl on canvas, 1993
Kristina Benjocki (Zrenjanin, Serbia, 1984) investigates the political mechanisms of forgetting and remembering in the context of Eastern European history, through works based on film, audio, and textile, a history characterized by various forms of war and conflict. In her work, Benjocki investigates how narratives come into being and how this process determines how we understand the past, regard the present, and imagine the future.
Kristina Benjocki’s practice has been showcased at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Serbia (solo); the Amsterdam Historical Museum, Looiersgracht 60 (solo); the Museum of Contemporary Art in Eupen Belgium (solo); the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ArtMargins; the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia; Ambika P3 in London; the Art Gallery of the American University in Beirut; Isolatsya in Kyiv amongst many others.
The Paper Biennial 2024 (June 23 - November 17, 2024) is an international exhibition of high-quality and substantively strong contemporary visual art in which paper as a material plays the leading role.
Theme: Animal Farm. All animals are equal but some are more equal than others
The theme of the Paper Biennial 2024 is: Animal Farm. All animals are equal but some are more equal than others, based on George Orwell's 1945 book of the same name.
It is a topical subject that can deal with the condition humaine of animals as well as humans. George Orwell's book is an animal fable in the form of a satirical allegorical novella. It is a story about a group of animals on a farm who rebel against the farmer who owns them. They fight for equality, freedom and a happy life. However, the battle fails and the animals end up worse off than before their revolution. Orwell draws a parallel with the Stalinist regime. The novella paints a bleak picture of humanity.
For several decades people have been fighting for a better life for animals on farms, animal laboratories, circuses, zoos, etc. For several centuries, efforts have been made worldwide to improve human wellfare. Although much has been achieved, there is still a long way to go to paradise on earth.
We ask artists to give their vision of the current and future conditions under which animals and people (could) live.
The Paper Biennial 2024 will show the many interpretations and meanings of Animal Farm that artists give to it in their work. We ask for personal views that resonate and are socially engaged. The sum total of visions on the theme of Animal Farm are testimonials to the need for a more just social system where the welfare of people and animals is paramount.