Roodkapje is Rotterdam’s local laboratory for
ART X MUSIC X FOOD and everything in between

Delftseplein 39
3013 AA Rotterdam

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Tue-Sat 12:00 – 17:00

Roodkapje is Rotterdam's local laboratory for
ART X LIVE X FOOD and everything in between

7 January 2023


17:00-23:00 | free entrance
by Lou Lou Sainsbury

Exhibition Opening: January 7th 17.00 - 22.00
Exhibition Dates: 8th January - 12th February
Performance and afterparty: 11th February
Performance at 20.00, Afterparty 22.00 - 02.00

DESCENDING NOTES/LIKE RAIN IN THE ABYSS is a new solo exhibition by Lou Lou Sainsbury, expanding on her Freelands Gasworks Partnership Programme video commission descending notes (2022).

Taking form of a remix, Lou Lou Sainsbury presents an erotic cosmic love story between three transing beings whose desire unfolds across time and space, from the sensuality of early Christian sainthoods to future alien intimacies, featuring collaborations with artists Ada M. Patterson & Raffia Li. Exploring transness as a form of dissonance and resonance, the installation is inspired by Donny Hathaway’s heartfelt rendition of A Song for You, whose lyrics are punctuated by a discordant progression of notes: “If my words don’t come together, listen to the melody ‘cause my love is in there hiding. I love you in a place where there’s no space or time.”

Grounded in autobiographical experiences of tenderness, solidarity and grief within Sainsbury’s friendships and everyday life; spooky action, elemental poetics and more-than-human sense is tricksterishly remixed into DESCENDING NOTES/LIKE RAIN IN THE ABYSS. As the world splits apart, these undercover beings covertly learn to live in transformation and to give each other breath.

A new live-performance by Lou Lou Sainsbury will be presented on the 11th February with an afterparty.

Lou Lou Sainsbury is a trans artist based between Rotterdam, NL & Margate, UK. She identifies as a time traveller, making things that unwrite histories of living beings into mythopoeic dreamscapes, informed by queer & ecological activisms.

Lou Lou often works in collaboration and develops long-term research-led projects through improvisation, collective study, material exploration and cinematic processes, guided by sonic thinking. Her 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.

She graduated from the MA in Art Praxis at the Dutch Art Institute in 2021. 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.

Lou Lou has exhibited individually at Gasworks (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).