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BornAndrea Luka Zimmerman
Munich, Germany
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Alma materCentral St Martins (B.A.)
Central Saint Martins (Ph.D.)
Known forVision Machine
Fugitive Images
Notable workErase and Forget
Civil Rites
Estate: A Reverie
I Am Here

Andrea Luka Zimmerman (born 1969) is an artist filmmaker, writer and cultural activist. Zimmerman's is most known for her work concerned with marginalisation, waywardness, social justice and structural violence and has been nominated for the Grierson and Jarman awards. Films include Erase and Forget (2017), which had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival (nominated for the Glashutte Original Documentary Award), Estate, a Reverie (2015) and Taskafa, Stories of the Street (2013) , written and voiced by John Berger. Her new work Here For Life (2019) is a collaboration with Adrian Jackson of Cardboard Citizens, and was an Artangel Open Award.

Life and Career[edit]

Andrea Luka Zimmerman grew up on several large public housing estates, including the Wohnring in Neuperlach, Germany, and left school at 16. After moving to London in 1991, she studied at Central Saint Martins for a PhD. She co-founded the cultural collectives Fugitive Images and Vision Machine (collaborators on Academy Award® nominated feature documentary The Look of Silence). Vision Machine was created in 2001 as an experimental filmmaking collective with the aim to research, analyse and respond to the conditions and mechanisms of economic, political and military power. Its members were Christine Cynn, Joshua Oppenheimer, Michael Uwemedimo, Andrea Luka Zimmerman. Zimmerman ia co-founder of the cultural collective Fugitive Images, alongside Lasse Johansson and David Roberts in 2009.

Andrea Zimmerman's feature films are Taskafa, Stories of the Street (2013, 66 minutes), which explores resistance and co-existence through the lives of the street dogs of Istanbul and is voiced by John Berger. Estate, a Reverie (2015, 83 minutes) tracks the passing of the Haggerston Estate in East London and the utopian promise of social housing it once offered, with a celebration of everyday humanity. Erase and Forget (2017, 88 minutes) is a documentary portrait of "Bo" Gritz, which presents a "study of the multiple expressions of Gritz’s life against the backdrop of post-Vietnam America, gun culture, and the nascent alt-right". It premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.

Art exhibitions and projects include i am here, a public artwork in Haggerston, Hackney, which was made in response to the experience of living on a council estate which was being gentrified. For this, large photos of residents from the estate were placed over the windows of vacated flats, with the intention of opening up a "reflective space concerning issues about visibility and 'urban regeneration'." Real Estates (co-curated with David Roberts), PEER with LUX, London (2015), was a multifaceted project around issues of housing, social justice and public space in East London. Common Ground, Spike Island, Bristol (2017) comprised an exhibition, screening, talks and discussions around strategies of social and cultural resistance and ways of living together . Civil Rites (2017) was made in response to a speech given by Martin Luther King at Newcastle University, and was first shown at Tyneside Cinema Gallery in Newcastle in 2017/18, and London Open triennial at Whitechapel Gallery in 2018.

[1] . Erase and Forget premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival [2] 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 celebration of 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. [3][4]


  • The Delmarva Chicken of Tomorrow (short, 2003)
  • The Globalisation Tapes (2003) (additional editor and camera)a collaboration between the Independent Plantation Workers' Union of Sumatra, the International Union of Food and Agricultural Workers (IUF), and Vision Machine
  • The Last Biscuit (short, 2005) a collaboration with Paul Hallam
  • The Ramp (short, 2010)
  • Merzschmerz (Film and Video Umbrella) (short, 2012)
  • Towards Estate (short, 2012)
  • Taskafa, Stories of the Street (2013)
  • Estate, A Reverie (2015)
  • More Utopias Now (Channel 4 Random Acts), (short, 2016)
  • Lower Street, a Night’s Journey (Tintype) (short, 2016)
  • Civil Rites (Tyneside Cinema) (short, 2017)
  • Erase and Forget (2017)
  • Here For Life (Artangel) (2019) a collaboration with Adrian Jackson

Exhibitions and Projects[edit]

  • Civil Rites, London Open at Whitechapel Gallery (2018)[5][6][7][8]
  • Common Ground, Spike Island, Bristol (2017)
  • Real Estates (co-curated with David Roberts), PEER Gallery, in association with LUX, London (2015)[9][10]
  • i am here (Zimmerman, Johansson, Fennell), large scale public art work on the Haggerston Estate (2009-2014)


  • Co-author of Estate: Art, Politics and Social Housing in Britain: Myrdle Court Press, 2010 ISBN 978-0-9563539-2-4
  • Contribution in Truth, Dare or Promise: Art and Documentary Revisited. London & New York: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, ISBN 9781443849593. (Edited by Gail Pearce, Jill Daniels, Cahal McLaughlin)
  • Featured in With Dogs At The End of Life: Columbia University Press, 2015, Colin Dayan ISBN 9780231167123.
  • Featured in Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema: I.B. Tauris, 2016, So Mayer ISBN 0857729942.
  • Featured in The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics: edited by Yannis Tzioumakis, Claire Molloy, 2016 ISBN 978-0415717397.
  • Featured in Non-Cinema: Global Digital Film-making and the Multitude, William Brown, 2018,ISBN 9781501327292.
  • Contribution and co-editor of Doorways: Women, Homelessness, Trauma and Resistance, 'Persona (Non) Grata: Reading the Human in the ‘Homeless’ as part of 'Two Reflections on Art and Neoliberalism​' ​- ​Shiri Shalmy and Andrea Luka Zimmerman​ on cultural production under capitalism and the role of art and artists in a social crisis, House Sparrow Press, 2019 ISBN 978-9998161-1-7


  • Co-existence: A modest proposal for preventing the street dogs of Istanbul from being a burden on their neighbourhoods and citizenry, in SEQUENCE New Artists' Film and Video, Vol 4., ed. Simon Payne, no.w.here, 2016, pp.36-38
  • Amsler; Pinder; Hope; Owen; Roberts; Shah; Zimmerman; Theron Schmidt; a response to Beyond Glorious, the Radical in Engaged Practices, Rajni Shah; in ‘CTR Backpages 24.2’, Contemporary Theatre Review, Routledge, Vol. 24, No. 2, 284–299, May 2014
  • The Certainty of Uncertainty (Zimmerman / Roberts), in “London’s Regeneration Realities”, ed. Ben Campkin, David Roberts, Rebecca Ross. Urban Lab, 12/2013
  • Truth, Dare or Promise: Art and Documentary Revisited. (text and image): Homeland (In)Securities, ed Jill Daniels, Cahal McLaughlin and Gail Pearce, Camebridge Press, 11/2013
  • Thinking in Practice, Balmond Studio. Re-imagining Council Housing, Q&As. Andrea Luka Zimmerman and David Roberts respond to Alisha Haridasani. (http://thinking-in-practice.com/reimagining-council-housing). September 5th 2013.
  • Come Together, (text and image) Signes du Nuit, June 2013.
  • Homecultures, (peer reviewed text and photo essay) Zimmerman / Johansson, Berg, 2011
  • Estate: Art, Politics and Social Housing in Britain. Myrdle Court Press, ed. and photography by Zimmerman / Johansson, with Tristan Fennell, Paul Hallam, Victor Buchli, Cristina Cerulli, launched during TINAG [This is not a Gateway] festival, Oct. 2010. Second edition August 2012.[11]
  • 2010: In Wait, Visual essay in Estate: Art, Politics and Social Housing in Britain (Zimmerman, Johansson, Fennell) Myrdle Court Press.
  • Street Signs. Zimmerman / Johansson, Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, University, spring, 2010


  1. "The Discomfort of Recognition: Andrea Luka Zimmerman's 'Erase And Forget' |". Another Gaze. 2017-12-01. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  2. "Erase and Forget: new documentary reveals life story of the real Rambo |". The Guardian. 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  3. "Colin Dayan's Ethics Without Reason |". Boston Review. 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  4. "On Killing Dogs |". LA Review of Books. 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  5. "Exam stress, Artist Andrea Luka Zimmerman, 50-50 music festivals, Woman's Hour - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  6. www.dandelion-burdock.com, dandelion & burdock,. "Andrea Luka Zimmerman: Civil Rites". thisistomorrow. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  7. "NEWS: Andrea Luka Zimmerman's Civil Rites @ Tyneside Gallery". Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  8. "Civil Rites". MAP Magazine. 2018-02-01. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  9. "Teleology and the Turner Prize or: Utility, the New Conservatism". e-flux conversations. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  10. "Real Estates at Peer Gallery".
  11. https://www.theurbanindustry.net/products/estate

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