Guy Ritani (Ia/they/them) is a Takatāpui Māori (Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Kahungunu) artist, activist, educator, and designer living on Wangeriburra Country. Their work revolves around cultural reciprocity within our ecosystem both in a traditional and contemporary sense. They have a multi-disciplinary arts practice ranging dance, visual, performance, and digital arts which have featured in global environmentalist campaigns across the world acting to uplift messages and movements of First Nations justice, Climate Justice, anti-racism, decolonization among other systemic changes. Guy is a fierce member of the Pacific Climate Warriors and the President of Tamborine Mountain Arts Collective, Creative Director of PermaQueer and uses their position and privilege to bring about the change their global community needs. Guy believes that agency-in-creation is the key to our future and uses their arts practice to create accessible environments and experiences that facilitate the transformation our society requires. The foundation of Guy’s practice is
Aroha, love, to which Guy holds dearly.
This newly commissioned audio piece by artist, first nations activist, educator and systems designer, Guy Ritani, explores a spectrum of frameworks that lead us towards different understandings of the environment, including: organics, permaculture, and biodynamic frameworks alongside Indigenous frameworks such as Hua Parakore ( a Maori organics framework) that outline how we might approach a shared language of country, whenua, landscape, and ecology in a form that is accessible for all. Everyone’s individual values sit on a continuum and these values have overlapping languages, understandings, and intentions to other people, cultures, and communities around them. Through understanding the bridges and how these overlapping values function we can navigate a spectrum of cultural frameworks that allow us to better comprehend and develop a more equitable relationship to the landscapes and ecosystems that sustain us.