Lou Lou Sainsbury: Earth is a Deadname

7 Jul-18 Sep 2022
PV 6 Jul 2022, 6.30-8.30pm


Gasworks presents the first solo exhibition in London by Margate-based artist Lou Lou Sainsbury. Identifying as a time traveller, Sainsbury works across film and performance, poetry and textiles. Her work unwrites and rewrites the natural history of living beings, inviting the viewer to delve into alternate mythologies informed by queer and ecological activisms.

Sainsbury’s performances and films result from long-term research developed through collective study and collaborative processes. Her recent work maps a constellation of holes, vampires, aliens, miracles, mysticism, impossible births, interspecies encounters and life in constant transformation, bodies that seep out and words that crack open.

For her first institutional solo exhibition, Sainsbury presents a newly-commissioned body of work that seeks to reimagine transgender experience beyond the limiting language of medicalisation, rewriting its histories into an interplanetary poetics of trans sensuality, relation and desire.

Based on a series of 'trans-for-trans' writing workshops and collaborative experiences, Earth is a Deadname is a trans-erotic space opera, a heartfelt love song for more-than-human life after the end of this world. In Sainsbury’s words, “We return to the earth, where ‘Earth’ is a deadname, where the night is also a sun, and earth feeds on the placenta of its own rebirth”.


Lou Lou Sainsbury: Earth is a Deadname | Press Release