Raffia Li (TA/they/she), works with poetry melting in minor edges/senses, in forms of performances, videos or installations. In their research, they explore the physicality of words and languages as actions/rituals/sites, to sense the gaps/gates under the signs, break the hegemonic speaking/written words, nurture/hold the in-between meanings and remake the poetic space of relations.

They tilt in slow dialoguing. 

Their art practice is deeply influenced by poetry, theatre of the oppressed, reading of Zhuangzi, their field research over Asian shadow puppetry and its rituals around China, in Thailand, Indonesia and India,, their learning experience of being in a sign language art collective Shape of Language & their actions in the hutong(胡同)s and streets,  running a community art festival Mini Shadowplay Festival, diary/letter exchanges with friends, their MA study at Dutch Art Institute, observations of their dreaming state, and the river near Grandma 芹’s yard. Their individual and collaborated projects have been presented in Today Art Museum, Guangdong Times Museum, Wuzhen Theatre Festival, Kunstinstituut Melly, Museum Tinguely, Gasworks, Centre Pompidou, and others.




word-rituals 司/寺
                                                                                      -all
                    讠breaking   吾  /yǔ/     in      
                                                                                                                -direct
                                                                                                                                          ions

 co-creating in-between writing-typing-signing-speaking-listening-touching

- bodylands in changing breaths and minor edges/senses


氵(游) play pauses
                    脉搏 / 暂停

                小 (乐)slow-play (hills)heals
                                                            (山)疗愈 yù

                         昜(场) dialoguing melting   f  i e
                                                                                                   l d s  
                                                                                田   /
                                                                                         野 / 域  yù
                                                                                                  雨 /yǔ/
                                                                                     /
                                                                             
                                                                      /
                                                              /
                                                      /

                                        
                                     /
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write to me:
raffia1030@gmail.com
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