Sainsbury presents her first institutional solo exhibition - 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.

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.

Her performances and films result from long-term research developed through collective study. 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 is the sixth artist to take part in the Freelands Gasworks Partnership.

commissioned by Gasworks in partnership with Humber Street Gallery (an Absolutely Cultured project) in Hull, where a second instalment of the show will be presented in 2023.

Gasworks commissions are supported by Catherine Petitgas and Gasworks Exhibitions Supporters.

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