Raffa Reuther is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Washington D.C., now based on the Westside of Chicago. They received their Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Raffa works across many disciplines including fashion, fiber, installation, analog photography, performance, printmaking, sculpture, drawing, self publishing, sound, and social practice.
Raffa makes what they call “Photoplays” -- a neologism they created to situate their practice in a nest of supportive language. They define it by its’ two roots, “Photo” meaning, an instrument that allows the multiplicity of being to be seen through images of light, motion, and energy, and “Play” meaning, a collective exploration in a surreal space over a specific interval of time, where the connection to emotions, knowledge, and games is expanded through the performance of curiosity, interpreted through abstract, scientific scores.
Raffa is co-founder of Mismo Culo, a textile & apparel company. All the pieces are hand dyed, screenprinted, tailored to fit, and made in Chicago. For more information follow our instagram @mismoculo
Raffa founded The Moten Ranch Residency in 2016 to commemorate the undervalued legacy of artist and teacher Sue Hoffer, a Texan woman who died of cancer. Raffa has invited other artists, makers, and ranchers to participate in the making of the Sue Hoffer Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Moten Ranch as both an act of homage, and a way to create an intimate bond between the past and the future.
Raffa has recently exhibited work in Chicago at Peanut Gallery, Compound Yellow, Dfbrl8r Gallery, Lilstreet Loft, Gallery 400, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Sullivan Galleries, and Woman Made Gallery.