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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Kezia Alaia

A writer, researcher, and artist who manages NEUE LIB, an online interdisciplinary intellectual hub publishing zines, articles, and cultural curations.

Kezia’s academic essays on postcolonialism, contemporary capitalism, and critical theory won several national academic research and writing contests, held namely at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Airlangga, and Universitas Pelita Harapan. In 2017, Kezia was selected as the Indonesian representative for the G(irls)20 Global Summit—a conference organized by G(irls)20, a young women’s NGO based in Toronto, Canada—in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Kezia began her writing career as a freelance contributor and poet for The Jakarta Post’s youth paper in 2008 when she was 13. Kezia’s first book, titled Bicara Besar, was published in 2016. In 2018, Kezia collaborated with UK poet Sonority Turner to produce a poetry and electronic music performance in the UK/ID Festival, while joining Jakarta-based poetry initiative Paviliun Puisi’s management team. In 2019, Kezia collaborated with post-rock band Morgensoll for a song titled Ngengat. Kezia’s installation art was exhibited at Art Week 2018 and Lokatara Fest 2019 art exhibitions in Jakarta, among others.

Kezia is part of language workers’ collective In Other Words and works daily as an independent researcher and translator.

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