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/they) is a transfeminine* artist, filmmaker and writer based in Margate, UK & Rotterdam, Netherlands. She identifies as a time traveller, making things that unwrite histories of living beings into mythopoeic dreamscapes, informed by queer & ecological activisms. Her work seeks to develop an ecological politics of encountering through long-term research-led projects, collaboration, improvisation, collective study, material exploration and documentary-film processes, informed by sonic thinking.

Focusing on technology, power, and how living beings transform within the congealing of these worlds; Lou Lou uses sloppy words, noisy performances and unstable images to create tricksterish fables that are neither dystopic, or utopic. Her recent work maps a constellation of holes, vampires, aliens, miracles, musicality, impossible births, mysticism, interspecies transformation, slow time, bodies that seep out, and words that crack open. Her work questions how we can become better listeners, and how bodies (human & more-than-human) can trouble historicity and geography, often writing slippery, trans* narratives for (im)possible worlds in the realm of science-fiction and gothic horror. 

In 2016, she graduated with a BA in Moving Image at University of Brighton; and 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. In 2021, she was awarded an MA in DAI Art Praxis at the Dutch Art Institute.

Lou Lou’s projects have been shown internationally in galleries, film festivals and DIY spaces including: Yaby, Tate Modern, Well Projects, South London Gallery, La Casa Encendida, Nottingham Contemporary, Flat Time House, Guest Projects & Alchemy Film Festival. Awards and residencies include: Freelands Gasworks Partnership Programme (2021) / Droom en Daad Makersloket (2021) / Pavillion Dance South West (2019) / ODD - Romania (2018) / Synthetic Ecology 2 - ONCA (2017) / Subterranean Worlds - Margate Festival (2017) / Synthetic Ecology 1 - Arts Council England funding (2017). Publications include: Love Spells & Rituals for Another World (2020) / Glossolalia, SALT. Editorial (2019) / life/forms, Wild Combination, edited by Lucy Cowling (2018) / The Unstable Condition of Zhong Zhong & Hua Hua, ODD (2018).