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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Maya Sandita

A theater practitioner, playwright, and writer of short stories and folklore. Maya founded Teater Ode Batam (Ode Theater Batam) in 2017. Maya’s works include the Ratok Gadih Suayan monologue (2015), the Lysistrata play (2016), Kartu Nama (Name Card) (2017), Lanun Longkang (2018), and Ode Perempuan Rantau (Ode to Diaspora Women) (2019). Some of Maya’s short stories, titled Penabur Bunga and Felicia (2019), were published in news platform Republika, while Maya’s other works were featured in local papers in West Sumatra and Riau. Maya has written and translated a number of plays, namely Perempuan dalam Tatakan (Woman on A Placemat) (2014), Ratok Gadih Suayan (2015), Lysistrata by Aristophanes (2016), Kartu Nama (Name Card) (2017), Isi Dada dan Kepala dalam Kantong Belanja (Feelings and Thoughts in the Grocery Bag) ((2018), and The Good Person of Szechwan by Bertolt Brecht, which was published as Ode Perempuan Rantau (2018). In 2018, Maya won first place in a Minangkabau folklore writing contest organized by the West Sumatra Regional Office of Culture for an original work titled Batu Godang Putaran Toluak. In the same year, Maya was nominated as Best Actress at Dramakala Festival by the London School of Public Relations Jakarta for amonologue performance titled Sang Orator (The Orator).

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