The Unstable Condition of Zhong Zhong & Hua Hua Zine Launch




Lou Lou Sainsbury & Georgiana Cojocaru present their double zine launch & lecture-performance of poetry, essay and diary entries, including the projects The Unstable Condition of Zhong Zhong & Hua Hua and To be emptied out to glorious non-returns.

Taking form of a personal poetic-essay, Lou Lou Sainsbury’s publication & performance The Unstable Condition of Zhong Zhong & Hua Hua, interweaves a spiralling riddle of desire, intimacy and recent developments in non-human primate testing. During a dream, the recent birth of two cloned crab-eating macaques sisters ‘Zhong Zhong’ & ‘Hua Hua’ become precariously enmeshed with news of BMW & Volkswagen funded diesel tests on monkeys. As the cloned primate sisters take host within the strange temporality of their incubation chamber, a personal non-linear journal of love, queerness and animality evokes questions of memory, visibility and the difficulties of whose arms are holding one, and in whose arms one lives in.

Georgiana Cojocaru will present her zine To be emptied out to glorious non-returns, a poetic commentary on how a body can expand and incorporate interactions and experiences with other life forms. Looking at worms, algae, cliffs and shores, the zine explores whether one can imagine a coming-together that knows no bounds. There is a world that grows in this embodied decision to engage with other entities, a world plated by volcanic cinder-like walls of our own selves. A seesawing luminous inertia, a liturgical balance where we finally find our peace.

Working from an interdisciplinary practice of moving image, text, sound & performance, non-binary artist Lou Lou Sainsbury will join writer and curator Georgiana Cojocaru in hosting an evening of performative readings and open discussions, where they will present their work from the ODD residency.

“Memory is never shaped in a vacuum; the motives of memory are never pure.” (James Edward Young, The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning).