Dr Andrea Luka Zimmerman
I have been making films since 1998, originally as part of the film collective Vision Machine, which worked predominantly in Indonesia, exploring the impact of globalisation and working directly with plantation workers.
I am a filmmaker, artist and cultural activist. I grew up on a large council estate and left school at 16. After coming to London in 1991, I went to Central Saint Martins, where I now teach.
I am co-founder of the artists' collective Fugitive Images (I am here and Estate: Art, Politics and Social Housing in Britain). My new essay-film Estate, a Reverie, tracks the passing of the Haggerston Estate in East London and the utopian promise of social housing it offered, with a spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity. Filmed over seven years, Estate reveals and celebrates the resilience of residents who are profoundly overlooked by media representations and wider social responses, and asks how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability or disability, and through geography even.
My essay-film Taskafa, Stories of the Street (66mins, 2013), about resistance and co-existence and voiced by John Berger, is told through the lives of the street dogs of Istanbul.
A founding member of Vision Machine, I worked in the USA and Indonesia, exploring the impact of globalisation, power, and denied histories. My PhD (UAL 2007) examined the relationship between spectacular (Hollywood) and spectral (covert and special military operations) representations of political violence. From this period developed my essay-film Prisoner of War (2016), exploring US militarism and foreign policy through a character study of one of its most enduring rogue agents.
In 2014 I won the Artangel Open award for my collaborative project Cycle (2017) with Adrian Jackson (Cardboard Citizens).