A Surabaya-based artist and curator who is part of the Seroja community of women artists. Formed in 2017, Seroja began as a space for women students at Sekolah Tinggi Kesenian Wilwatikta Surabaya (Wilwatikta College of Art Surabaya) in response to their observation on the reality that there was only a few women students in their batch. Seroja has held three exhibitions, committing to serve as a space for women’s self-actualization through art. In the latest exhibition titled Puan Menyala (literal translation: Women Light Up), Rafika served as curator. At present, Rafika’s works focus on art development among Surabaya students, hosting events as learning space, and art praxis.
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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