Jarman Award Shortlist Artist Profile: Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Date posted: 04.11.2015
In the third of our weekly interviews, we catch up with shortlisted artist Andrea Luka Zimmerman, who reflects on her highly collaborative approach to filmmaking and discusses some of the key motivations and influences which have informed her practice.
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- Plymouth Arts Centre will host a special screening of Andrea Luka Zimmerman's Estate, A Reverie, followed by a Q&A with the artist,on Thursday 12 November as part of the 2015 Jarman Award Tour.
About the Artist
Andrea Luka Zimmerman is a London-based filmmaker, artist and cultural activist. She is co-founder of the artists' collective Fugitive Images and a founding member of Vision Machine. After moving to London in 1991, Andrea studied at Central St. Martins, where she now teaches.
Reflecting on her early moving image work, Andrea recalls how she first started working with celluloid film stock, which she developed herself, before arriving at the use of video which better suited her working methods, which often involve long periods spent filming a particular subject.
A Collaborative Approach
' I make films in order to explore the relationship between public and private memory'
Underpinned by a central interest in memory and the reliability of historical account, Zimmerman's ambitiously scaled works fuse varied approaches, including re-enactment, role play and long term observation to challenge established narratives.
'The kind of (collaborative) approach I take to filmmaking is a negotiation and a relationship...its not just my sole vision, other people are allowed to bring ideas to the table and it creates a more unruly approach to history making!.'
Luka Zimmerman discusses the importance of collaboration in her work with reference to her most recent film, Estate, a Reverie, which tracks the passing of the Haggerston Estate in East London and the utopian promise of social housing it offered.
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 even geography.
Reflecting on her key influences, Zimmerman cites seminal documentarists Jean Rouch and John Marshall, as well as Jean Luc Godard and Derek Jarman, among others.
Speaking of her first encounters with Jarman's work, the artist recalls the poignancy of seeing Blue for the first time after moving to London in the early nineties, 'it just blew me away'. Zimmerman also singles out Jarman's 1978 film Jubilee as particularly significant for her, 'deep, political and explosive.. all at once!'
In 2014, Zimmerman won the Artangel Open award for her collaborative project, Cycle, with Adrian Jackson (Cardboard Citizens), which is currently in development and due for completion in 2017.
See work by all of the artists at a gallery near you with our Jarman Award tour.