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Dr Andrea Zimmerman

Reader - Lecturer in Dramaturgy and Devising For Performance BA (Honours)
Central Saint Martins
Researcher Research
Andrea  Zimmerman


I am an artist filmmaker and my work calls for a profound re-imagining of the relationship between people, place and ecology. Focusing on marginalised individuals, communities and experience, I use hybridity and narrative de/re-framing, alongside reverie and a creative waywardness. Informed by suppressed histories, and alert to sources of radical hope, my work prioritises an enduring and equitable co-existence.

Films include the Artangel-produced 'Here for Life' (2019), which received its world premiere in the Cineasti Del Presente international competition of the Locarno Film Festival (winning a Special Mention), 'Erase and Forget' (2017), premiering at the Berlin Film Festival (nominated for the Original Documentary Award), 'Estate, a Reverie' (2015) (nominated for Best Newcomer at the Grierson awards) and 'Taskafa, Stories of the Street' (2013), written and voiced by the late John Berger.

Selected exhibitions include 'Civil Rites', the London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, 'Common Ground' at Spike Island, Bristol and 'Real Estates' at Peer Gallery. Andrea co-founded the cultural collectives Fugitive Images and Vision Machine (collaborators on Academy Award® nominated feature documentary 'The Look of Silence').

I co-edited the books 'Estate: Art, Politics and Social Housing in Britain' (Myrdle Court Press) and 'Doorways: Women, Homelessness Trauma and Resistance' (House Sparrow Press) and have published extended essays in 'Open Democracy', 'La Furia Umana', ‘Another Gaze’ and 'Homecultures', among others.

I grew up on a council estate and left school at 16.

Reasearch interests:
Co-existence (including non-human subjectivities), filmmaking as engaged social and political practice, participatory re-enactment, military/spectacular relations, imaginative hybridity and narrative de-framing in documentary practice, forms of reverie, class and culture, place and senses of belonging.

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  • Zimmerman AL, Johansson L. Estate (2010)