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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Wilma Chrysanti

An urbanist and founder of LabTanya, a community laboratory that develops various collective research, experiment, and participation methods for social transformation. Wilma co-initiated Kota Tanpa Sampah (literal translation: Wasteless City), an initiative and social experiment that began in 2015, engaging with the community to actively develop eco-conscious, low-waste knowledge and practice. Through an experience working with residents of 38 neighborhoods in Jakarta, South Tangerang, and Banjarmasin, Wilma observed that most of the contributing and committed residents were women. According to Wilma, women play a great part in solving the waste problem through their role in domestic governance, thus needing to be supported as a form of vernacular knowledge production.

Wilma strongly hopes that the works by the women involved would inspire the city to expand this movement, and that these women would serve as important actors for change.

In the past three years, Wilma and LabTanya have been assisting several neighborhoods in Jakarta and South Tangerang in the participatory planning for their waste management system.