Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. Now in its tenth edition, the Prize presents an opportunity for emerging and established artists to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their engagement in the art world. There are two awards for entry: the Main Prize and the Student Prize, as well as opportunities for both Shortlisted and Longlisted artists to gain exposure for their work in the Art Prize anthology, Future Now.
In today’s countdown to this year’s call for entries, we shine a spotlight on Andrea Luke Zimmerman, a finalist in the Video, Installation & Performance category. Working at the intersection of public and private memory, Zimmerman uses fiction and documentary devices to challenge official histories and political, social and economic violence. She makes films that inhabit an alternative reading of these structures, working with people marginalised and excluded from mainstream discourse. Zimmerman considers herself a part of a network of cultural activism, because she seeks to celebrate resilience, obstinacy and life outside and beyond these daily forms of repression.
Shortlisted for the last Aesthetica Art Prize, Estate, is a film forged by, and from within, a community (Zimmerman lived on the estate for over 17 years) and a spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity. Formed by the shared time of living in an environment confirmed for erasure, it offers a memory grounded in the experience of living within difference. Estate celebrates the resilience of people who are both stereotyped and overlooked by media representations and wider social responses. It asks how we resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability or disability, even geography.
The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 is now open for entries, accepting submissions across a range of media including photography, sculpture, installation, painting and artists’ film. Prizes include up to £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox, group exhibition, publication in the anthology, £250 art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton and art books courtesy of Prestel. Selected artists are also showcased on Aesthetica’s online channels. To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize
For more information about Zimmerman’s work visit www.fugitiveimages.org.uk
1. Andrew Luka Zimmerman, Estate, a Reverie (2015). Courtesy of the artist.