Peretas, short for perempuan lintas batas (literal translation: women crossing boundaries) works through ands toward the politics of feminist solidarity among women art workers in Indonesia and beyond. The Indonesian word “peretas” means hacker, which renders our spirit to socially hack the stereotypical definition and hegemonic construction that confine women. In our collective endeavours, we navigate with an intersectional perspective to expose the plurality of women subjectivities that cross and disrupt borders between nations, races, ethnicities, classes, sexualities, religions, and disabilities.

Peretas’ programs aim at supporting the making of productive and reproductive spaces for women art workers by organizing Peretas Berkumpul (our annual assembly), research projects, book publications, and public discussions. Through these activities we hope to engage with the expanded notion of arts and culture, which move towards social transformation and knowledge distribution instead of centralizing in creative industry productivity-driven or individual career. Our organizing practice involves critical knowledge-commoning, care work, democratic dissensus, artistic sensibilities, and radical imagination to nurture safe space and speak up against dominant power.

Peretas was founded in 2017 by Dhyta Caturani, Felencia Hutabarat, Lisabona Rahman, and Naomi Srikandi.


This website is designed by Natasha Tontey in collaboration with web developer ScriptMedia (2019-2020).

Peretas logo is designed by Cadrilla Bareno (2019).
The English text version in this website is translated by Kezia Alaia (July 2020).

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Eliza Vitri Handayani

A novelist and organizer of art events who writes in both Indonesian and English. Eliza’s fiction and non-fiction works were published by various national and international media. Eliza’s novel, titled From Now on Everything will be Different (2005) was internationally published, and Eliza has often been invited as a speaker in various literary festivals and events. Eliza is also the founder and director of InterSastra, an independent initiative which serves as a platform to encourage creative exploration of marginalized themes and promote the works produced.

The InterSastra online journal continues to host mentoring programs for early-career writers and translators, publishing bilingual (English-Indonesian) literary series, among others, Diverse Indonesia: Next Generation (2015), Defiant Voices (2016, aiming to amplify the works of previously suppressed writers), and Unrepressed (2018-2020).

Furthermore, InterSastra manages the House of the Unsilenced, a multidisciplinary art project that brings together artists, writers, and survivors of sexual violence to work together and speak up toward gender justice. Another wing under InterSastra is Fashion for Words, which presents fashion collections that challenge beauty standards and the norm, while defending freedom of expression.

InterSastra’s sister organization, the As-Salam Collective, hosts a religious study group to relearn Islam with an equality and humanitarian perspective, and creates works of art based on their findings.