Lecturer, Performance and Drama
Central Saint Martins
Central Saint Martins
Andrea Luka Zimmerman is an artist, cultural activist and filmmaker. She grew up on a large council estate and left school at 16. After moving to London in 1991, she studied at Central St. Martins for a PhD. She is the co-founder of the artists’ collectives Vision Machine and Fugitive Images and was the winner of the Artangel Open Award 2014 for her collaborative feature Cycle with Adrian Jackson (Cardboard Citizens).
Her films have been nominated for the Grierson Award, The Aesthetica Art Prize, the Golden Orange, the Jarman Award, and the Glashuette original documentary award at the Berlin Film Festival (2017).
Exhibitions and projects include Civil Rites, Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Newcastle, UK, (2017/18) Common Ground, Spike Island, Bristol (2017), Real Estates (co-curated with David Roberts), PEER with LUX, London (2015).
Her films include Erase and Forget (2017, 88mins) an inquiry into the nature of human conscience and the limits of deniability, which premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival and in the UK at the London Film festival. Estate, a Reverie (2015, 83mins) tracks the passing of the Haggerston Estate in East London and the utopian promise of social housing it once offered, with a spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity. Taskafa, Stories of the Street (2013, 66mins) explores resistance and co-existence through the lives of the street dogs of Istanbul and is voiced by John Berger.
Zimmerman has made several commissioned short films for Film & Video Umbrella, Channel 4’s Random Acts and Tintype Gallery. She is also a founding member of Vision Machine (collaborators on Academy Award® nominated feature documentary The Look of Silence).
Performativity and genre; cinema and militarism; artists moving image; grey zones between private and public memory; spectral and spectacular representations of political violence; cultures of representation.
My interest as an artist lies in filmmaking as experimental social practice. My practice consists of diverse engagements with radically different communities both in the making and dissemination of work.
At times of significant social change, whether revolutionary or evolutionary, committed moving image documentary practice comes more than ever into its own as perhaps the most literally and metaphorically ‘telling’ of forms by which to engage both the subjects and themes of its inquiry. Its ability to prioritize those marginalized by mainstream commodity film-making and the means it can employ to enable an open narrative space for individuals, communities, and ways of being, becoming, and belonging through enduring dialogue with its participants is exemplary.
The subtly polemical way it can build its argument through enduring encounter – outside of the template requirements of television production, whether in process or product – means that it offers time, the duration of shared experience, as well as space (the arena of its theme as well as the actual material environments of its content) as active components in its palette of tools. This combination, when allied to its specific role of advocacy, makes engaged social documentary one of the most energized in contemporary moving image practice.
Nominations and awards
Nominated for Glashuette best original documentary award, 2017 (Erase and Forget)
Nominated and in final six for Aesthetica Art Prize, 2016 (Estate, a Reverie)
Winner of Creating Places Awards, with the Estate project, November 24th, 2015
Nominated and tour for the 2015 Jarman award
Nominated for the Grierson Award, best newcomer (Estate, a Reverie)
Nominated for best documentary, East End Film festival (Estate, a Reverie)
Artangel Open 2014, for Cycle, in collaboration with Adrian Jackson (Cardboard citizens)
Nominated for best documentary, Golden Orange Award, Turkey, 2014 (Taskafa, Stories Of The Street)
Shortlisted for CINECITY Architectural Film Project, judged by Bernard Tschumi and others, 2013 (as Fugitive Images)
Shortlist Bar Tur Award, (as Fugitive Images) / I am here; 2012
1st Prize, The Ramp [2010, 5 min], Reel Health Stories festival, judged by Ken Loach and David Morrissey, awarded 4 July 2010
Professional and other awards
John Braebourne Award, 2017 (Erase and Forget)
Arts Council England Award, 2016, (Erase and Forget)
Wapping Project and Women’s Playhouse Trust award, 2016, (Erase and Forget)
CSM Restless Futures award, 2015
CSM Research award, 2014, (Estate, a Reverie)
Film and Video Umbrella Award for Merzschmerz, a series of 4 shorts, 2014
International Artists Development Award, Arts Council England Award; 2013
PRSF Foundation of New Music Award, 2012 (Estate, a Reverie)
Arts Council England Award; 2009
Danish Film Institute development award; 2008
Film London Award; 2005
Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) research grant, 2002-2005
Zimmerman, Andrea Luka (2017) Letter From Istanbul. [Show/Exhibition]
Zimmerman, Andrea Luka (2017) Common Ground (solo exhibition). [Art/Design Item]
Zimmerman, Andrea Luka (2016) Lower Street: a night journey. [Art/Design Item]
Zimmerman, Andrea Luka (2016) Co-existence. Sequence (4). pp. 36-38.
Zimmerman, Andrea Luka (2015) Human Conditions: the Lives of Estate/s. La Furia Umana (23). ISSN 2037-0431
Zimmerman, Andrea Luka (2015) Estate, a Reverie.
Zimmerman, Andrea Luka and Roberts, David, Fugitive Images (2015) Real Estates.
Zimmerman, Andrea Luka (2014) Merzschmerz (Film and Video Umbrella).
Zimmerman, Andrea Luka (2014) The Delmarva Chicken Of Tomorrow.
Zimmerman, Andrea Luka (2013) Towards Estate.
Zimmerman, Andrea Luka (2013) Taskafa, stories of the street.