Andrea Luka Zimmerman is a filmmaker, cultural activist and artist. Whose engaged practice calls for a re-imagining of the relationship between people, place and ecology. Focusing on marginalised individuals, communities and experience, the practice employs imaginative hybridity and narrative re-framing, alongside reverie and a creative waywardness. Informed by suppressed histories, and alert to sources of radical hope, the work prioritises an enduring and equitable co-existence. Andrea grew up on a large council estate and left school at 16 due to incompatibility with mainstream education.
Zimmerman's 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 Art Class at METAL and LUX, Shelter in Place at Estuary Festival, 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).
Andrea co-edited the books Estate (Myrdle Court Press) and Doorways: Women, Homelessness Trauma and Resistance (House Sparrow Press) and has published extended essays in Open Democracy, La Furia Umana, Another Gaze and Homecultures, among others.
Andrea is Professor of Possible film at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.