Art Class – Andrea Luka Zimmerman, 2020
Andrea Luka Zimmerman is an artist, filmmaker and cultural activist whose work unveils aspects of working class experience, and that of people living on the margins of society, that are seldom seen or discussed. Her work considers precarity, uncertainty, constantly changing relationships between the individual and the social, and a sense of estrangement from normal experience, in both time and place.
After a challenging year for the arts the Jarman Award 2020 was jointly awarded to its shortlisted nominees including Andrea Luka Zimmerman. The decision to split the prize money was a collaborative decision between the six shortlisted artists, Film London and the Jury for the 2020 Jarman Award. It reflects the solidarity of the artistic and creative community in the face of challenging economic conditions resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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Art Class (2020, 49mins)
By Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Art Class is a filmed performance lecture playing on, and exploring, the perennial tension between the two key words in its title. It uses the tropes of scholarly presentation and personal confession alongside extracts from the artist’s work, guest interventions, martial arts and meditation exercises and evidentiary found material.
The sequence tests the limits of access that working-class artists have to cultural production and to the relevant institutions circulating these outcomes. Alternately playful and provocative, serious and satirical, Art Class favors wit over weaponizing and reflection over rhetoric but does not pull its punches when it comes to the real obstructions to working class creative progress, or to the strategies necessary to overcome such outmoded hindrances.
With kind support from Necessity
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