KAUM Discourse “Feminist Organizing in Indonesia”

Hybrid Panel Discussion

Hosted by Rosalia Engchuan (Anthropologist & Filmmaker)

Guest Speaker : Anindya Restu Viani, Diana Debi Timoria, Lisabona Rahman, Melati Suryodarmo

This panel invites Anindya Restuviani from Jakarta Feminist, Diana Debi Timoria from komunitas SOPAN in Sumba, Lisabona Rahman from Sekolah Pemikiran Perempuan and performance artist Melati Suryodarmo to engage in a discussion around questions of feminist organizing and the multitude of forms and practices it can take. The panelists will give an insight into their practices and organizations and share from their experiences of working in media, activism, grassroots organizing and performance art in both the capital of Jakarta as well as locations outside of the center. The conversation will be moderated by Rosalia Engchuan, an anthropologist and filmmaker who is interested in the historical construction of Asian femininity, and will delve into broader questions of feminist organizing, the various forms that it can take, the day to day microscopic challenges. We will also critically discuss the influence of western dominated ideals of feminism as well as the broader historical structures that influence practices in the everyday.

About the speaker

Anindya Restuviani is an Indonesian feminist activist. She is recently spotlighted as 40 women leaders in Gender Lens Investing from UN Women Indonesia. Through her role as Program Director of Jakarta Feminist Association, Anindya helps to provide safe spaces for women and gender minority. She has also coordinated Women’s March Jakarta since 2017. As the Co-Director of Hollaback Jakarta, a movement that seeks to end harassment in public spaces. Anindya has been involved in influencing policy and legal reform regarding sexual and reproductive rights in Indonesia. She has been part of a team who work in advocating the legalization of Anti Sexual Violence Bill in Indonesia. Through her work, Anindya is promoting people to become more active participants in the struggle towards gender equality in Indonesia.

Jakarta Feminist Association or known as Jakarta Feminist is a community-based organization that aims to promote feminist values in order to achieve gender equality in Indonesia. Jakarta Feminist works as a catalyst for the Indonesian women’s movement by uniting activist from diverse background accross the country and region through initiating and implementing several campaign, educational and advocacy activities such as Women’s March Indonesia and Feminist Festival.

​​Diana Debi Timoria is a writer, researcher, and weaver from Mauliru – East Sumba. In 2016 she published the book “Tanpa Judul” or “Untitled”, an anthology of short stories that focuses on women’s issues such as domestic roles, hopes, and inspiration. Her poems have been included in several anthologies. Diana has also been an illustrator for several Sumba storybooks. Diana actively documents cultural stories related to weaving through the Kandunu Weaving Community, a cross-generational weaving community that aims to maintain the cultural heritage of weaving, preserve the environment through natural dyes, and support women’s economic independence. Diana is a volunteer for Solidarity Women and Children (SOPAN) – Sumba since 2016 to advocate for cases of violence against women and children and provide education about reproductive health and other health issues. In 2019, she became a participant in the INSPIRASI program in New Zealand to improve her knowledge and skills in women’s and children’s issues

Melati Suryodarmo’s practice is the result of ongoing research in the movements of the body and its relationship to the self and the world. This is translated into photography, dance choreography, video and live performances. Suryodarmo has presented her work in various places, including National Art Centre, Tokyo, Japan; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; QAGOMA, Australia; and Singapore Art Museum. Since 2007, Suryodarmo has been organizing PALA and Undisclosed Territory, both annual performance art festivals, in Solo, Indonesia. In 2012, she founded “Studio Plesungan”, an art space for performance artists. In 2017, she served as Artistic Director for the 17th Jakarta Biennale.

Published by

Ariel Orah

Ariel Orah

Ariel William Orah is a Berlin-based Indonesian artist who explores themes related to identity, memory, and scarcity. He fancies the durability of homo sapiens and the fragility of the machines. He is working with variety of media, ranging from sonic and other multi-sensory performances, physical and interactive installations, and moving and/or still images. He co-founded an empathy driven artist collective L-KW , Bandung-based progressive rock band “Vincent Vega”, and Indonesian gastronomy initiative SOYDIVISION.BERLIN. Selected works included commissioned installation for Tanz im August Festival Berlin (2016), film-music scoring for “Deeper High”- Germany (2018), CTM Festival Music Maker Hacklab 2020, solo album “Scarcity” (2017) and “WIM” (2018) under alias ravenative.