Lou Lou Sainsbury (she/they) is a trans artist, filmmaker and writer based in Margate, UK & Rotterdam, NL, working across film and live performance, poetry and drawing, installation and textiles. She identifies as a time traveller, making things that unwrite histories of living beings into mythopoeic dreamscapes, informed by queer & ecological activisms. She often works in collaboration and develops long-term research-led projects through improvisation, collective study, material exploration and cinematic processes, guided by sonic thinking.
Lou Lou’s work questions how we can become better listeners, and how bodies (both human & more-than-human) can trouble historicity and geography, often writing slippery, trans narratives for impossible worlds in the realm of science-fiction and gothic horror. Recently her work maps a constellation of holes, vampires, aliens, musicality, impossible births, mysticism, interspecies transformation, bodies that seep out, and words that crack open, threaded into tricksterish fables that are neither dystopic or utopic.
Lou Lou graduated from the MA in Art Praxis at the Dutch Art Institute in 2021, and was subsequently awarded the Freelands Gasworks Partnership Programme. Previously she was an associate artist at Open School East in 2017, after completing her BA in Moving Image at the University of Brighton in 2016. Since 2018, she has been an associate of Conditions studio programme in Croydon.
She has exhibited individually at Gasworks, London (2022) and Well Projects, Margate (2020). Recent performances and group exhibitions include: Motto Books and Whitstable Biennale (2022); Centre for Contemporary Arts, Prague (2021); Yaby and La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2020); Nottingham Contemporary; Tate Modern, London; Yaby, Madrid (all 2019); and Flat Time House, London (2018).