How close can we get to each other when we’re wet? Or - Membering the Night Witches, Lou Lou Sainsbury, Mad’Art Cinema, Tunis, Tunisia, March 2020


Lou Lou Sainsbury (she/her) is a trans artist, filmmaker and writer based in Margate, UK & Rotterdam, Netherlands. She self-identifies as a time traveller, making things that unwrite histories of living beings into mythopeaic dreamscapes, informed by queer & ecological activisms. She often seeks intimate approaches to understand technology, power, and how living beings transform within these worlds; using sloppy words, noisy performances and unstable images to create tricksterish fables for utopian thinking.

Lou Lou likes working collaboratively with other artists, communities and non-arts professionals through performance, joint-research and radical pedagogies. In 2016, she graduated with a BA in Moving Image at University of Brighton; she subsequently founded Synthetic Ecology, an educational forum and screening platform for artists’ moving image, in collaboration with the artist Mikhail Karikis. In 2017, Lou Lou was an associate artist at Open School East. Since 2018, she has been an associate of Conditions studio programme in Croydon. She is currently studying DAI Art Praxis MA at the Dutch Art Institute.

Lou Lou’s projects have been shown internationally in galleries, film festivals and DIY spaces including: La Casa Encendida (2020) / Tate Modern (2019) / Nottingham Contemporary (2019) /  Well Projects (2020) / ODD - Romania (2018) / Flat Time House - London (2018) / Guest Projects - London (2017) / Alchemy Film Festival - Scotland (2017) & Cinecity - Brighton (2016).

Awards and residencies include: Pavillion Dance South West (2019) / ODD - Romania (2018) / Synthetic Ecology 2 - ONCA (2017) / Subterranean Worlds - Margate Festival funding (2017) / Synthetic Ecology 1 - Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England (2017). Publications include: Glossolalia, SALT. Editorial (2019) / life/forms, Wild Combination, Flat Time House, edited by Lucy Cowling (2018) / The Unstable Condition of Zhong Zhong & Hua Hua, ODD (2018).