Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Andrea Luka Zimmerman grew up on a large council estate in Munich and left school at 16. She is an artist, activist and filmmaker, and 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), among others. Exhibitions and projects include Civil Rites, Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Newcastle, UK, (2017/8), Common Ground, Spike Island, Bristol, UK (2017), Real Estates (co-curated), PEER in association with LUX, London, UK (2015).
Her forthcoming film Erase and Forget (2017, 88mins) is an inquiry into the nature of human conscience and the limits of deniability. It premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Glashuette most original documentary award.
Her film Estate, a Reverie (2015, 83min), 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. Her film Taskafa, Stories of the Street (2013, 66mins) is about resistance and co-existence told through the lives of the street dogs of Istanbul and is voiced by John Berger. Both films were central to her first UK solo exhibition Common Ground at Spike Island, Bristol. Her forthcoming exhibition at Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Civil Rites (December 8th, 2017 – January 22nd, 2018), explores the key themes of Martin Luther King’s 1967 Newcastle University honorary doctorate acceptance speech and its three inter-related key themes: War, Poverty, Racism.
With David Roberts she co-curated the project Real Estates at PEER, London (2015) in association with LUX as a social, discursive and imaginative space around issues of housing and social injustice.
Zimmerman has made several commissioned short films, including Merzschmerz for Film and Video Umbrella (2014), More Utopias Now for Channel 4’s Random Acts (2016) and Lower Street, A Night’s Journey for Tintype Gallery (2016).
Zimmerman is also a founding member of Vision Machine (collaborators on Academy Award® nominated feature documentary The Look of Silence).