Novi is a craft artist and founder of Cinta Bumi Artisans, a craft studio built on the values of indigenous wisdom, artisanal craftsmanship, and mindful innovation. Cinta Bumi Artisans is based in Ubud, Bali, with a history tracing back to its formation in Bada Valley, Poso, in 2015. At present, Novi is developing ranta/fuya (barkcloth) craft with a group of craftswomen in Bada Valley to preserve the intangible cultural heritage, which embodies the history of women’s position and strength (among which, cosmological) in Central Sulawesi before the arrival of modern religion and trade. Novi pursues natural dyeing practice on fabric and fiber as part of an effort to endorse clothing that is safe for humans and the environment through workshops, educational tours, and writing. Moreover, Novi has been writing travel journals and short stories since 2008. Novi’s works were published in Suara Merdeka, Chic, Langit Perempuan, Garuda Inflight Magazine, and National Geographic Traveler Indonesia, among others.
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 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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