translation workshop with Pauline L. Boulba, Nina Kennel and Rosanna Puyol

translation workshop with Pauline L. Boulba, choreographer of J.J., Rosanna Puyol, publisher and poet, and Nina Kennel, writer and researcher

Thursday February 3, 6–8pm

at the CCNO

— Free of charge, registration required
Duration 2 hours

© Alban Van Wassenhove

“Since April 2020, Aminata, two other girlfriends and myself have been getting together for both brief and more lengthy sessions doing collaborative translation based on Jill Johnston’s texts. We proceed, discussing and rewriting some of the American critic and feminist’s articles from her many publications. For our residency in Orléans we have invited Nina Kennel & Rosanna Puyol, our accomplice-translators, to come join us for a session that is open to everyone – to discover a bit of Jill Johnston’s language and to approach the joys and indecisions of collective translation. No formal language skills are required.”

With Pauline L. Boulba, choreographer of J.J., Rosanna Puyol, publisher and poet, and Nina Kennel, writer and researcher

Pauline L. Boulba
is a performance artist and dance researcher. In 2016 she met Aminata Labor - who also does performance as well as drawing - at the Dance department of the University of Paris 8. At that time, Aminata was conducting research (published by Atelier Téméraire) on the experiences of women during demonstrations against the new French labour law, while Pauline was engaged in a research-creation project focusing on preconceived responses and impacted criticism (to be published by Presses Universitaires de Vincennes). Together, they are active in several collectives and co-founded “la flemme”, an amateur rap group. For the past year they have been hosting the programme L’eau à la butch on Radio Galoche. Pauline has been fascinated with Jill Johnston for years and enlisted a group of friends to create a new piece, book and film that will be released in 2022 and 2023. Soon they will be travelling to the USA to continue their investigation into Jill Johnston and lesbian legacies.

Rosanna Puyol is an publisher and poet who collaborates with artists to organise exhibitions and performance and video programmes. Co-founder of the non-profit publishing house Brook, she has published translations of works by Laura Mulvey, Shulamith Firestone, José Esteban Muñoz, and Stefano Harney & Fred Moten. Rosanna also organises readings, and writing and translation groups, often with friends.

Nina Kennel is a writer and researcher. She focuses particularly on works and events that do not seem to have ‘made history’. She is completing a thesis at the EHESS, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, and teaches at the Besançon Fine Arts School.


J.J. by Pauline Le Boulba
Tuesday 1 February, 7pm, at the CCNO


Un hectare d’amour de soleil et de son
By Nina Kennel, Pauline L. Boulba, Aminata Labor, Soto Labor, Rosanna Puyol, Louise Siffert and Sandar Tun Tun
Thursday 3 February to Friday 4 March
at the CCNO