Riana Head-Toussaint is an interdisciplinary crip/disabled artist, DJ and curator/community organiser of Afro-Caribbean heritage. She has made work spanning choreography, video/film, sound design, installation, and writing; often aimed at interrogating entrenched systems, structures and ways of thinking, and advocating for social change.
Her practice sits at the intersection of creative expression, activism, cultural exchange and disability justice. She is the founder and creative lead of CRIP RAVE THEORY, a club night outside the club fostering more intersectionally-accessible rave/party spaces, and Headquarters disability-led digital space. Her curatorial practice is aimed at creating intersectional opportunities for connection between traditionally sidelined communities, and opening up space for greater embodiment.
Riana’s creative works and curatorial projects have exhibited widely across so-called Australia and virtual spaces; commissioned and supported by arts and cultural organisations including the Art Gallery of NSW, the Opera House, Human Rights Watch, Dancehouse, Carriageworks, The Keir Foundation, Arts House, Firstdraft, Utp, Runway Journal, British Council (Aus/UK), Casula Powerhouse, Pari Ari, Proximity Fest, PACT, Ausdance and Bundanon Trust.
She currently lives and works across unceded Darug, Gadigal and Wangal Country.
LIVE FUTURES: ACCESS, Liveworks 2023