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Andrea Luka Zimmerman

Andrea Luka Zimmerman is a filmmaker, artist and cultural activist. Andrea grew up on a large council estate and left school at 16. After coming to London in 1991, she went to Central St. Martins.

She is co-founder of the artists’ collective Fugitive Images (I am here and Estate: Art, Politics and Social Housing in Britain). Her film Estatea Reverie (2015, 83mins), 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. Estate was nominated for the Grierson Award best Documentary Newcomer, best Documentary East End Film Festival, the Aesthetica Art Prize, and the Jarman Award.

Her 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. Taskafa was nominated for best Documentary at Golden Orange Film festival.

A co-founder of the artists’ collective Fugitive Images (I am here and Estate: Art, Politics and Social Housing in Britain), Zimmerman is also a founding member of Vision Machine (collaborators on Academy Award® nominated feature documentary The Look of Silence). She has worked in the USA and Indonesia, exploring the impact of globalisation, power structures, militarism and denied histories. It was from this period and research that her forthcoming artist’s documentary Erase and Forget (2017, 90min), which had its world premiere at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, was born.

In 2014 she won the Artangel Open award for her collaborative project Cycle (2017) with Adrian Jackson (Cardboard Citizens).