Pronoid Mapping

Exhibition 4-6 June, 12-6pm
Artists Theresa Rahman and Agnes Poitevin-Navarre work with artists to consider the concept of 'Pronoia' - the belief that the world is conspiring to help you.


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Participants use gestuno (international sign language) in black and white photographic portraits to sign the world

© Agnès Poitevin-Navarre 2009


Pronoia is the belief that the world is conspiring to help you, as such it is both an antidote for and the opposite to, paranoia.

Artists Theresa Rahman and Agnès Poitevin-Navarre work with artists in collaboration with Shape to explore pronoia. Through a series of workshops the group identified key words, symbols and pictograms that define their personal, pronoid journeys. Using these components, each participant mapped their anecdotal boundaries across London through mixed media, collage, animation, photography and sculpture.

The group then discussed and described their family histories. These histories became material to map out family constellations, linking events and situations that form the pronoid journey that culminated in their parents' meeting. The resulting work effectively mythologises each participant's pronoid journey into the world.


Project Images


Agn├Ęs Poitevin-Navarre talks with one of the workshop participants about their work A participant works with paper and pens. The piece that they are working on contains writing that lists positive and negative emotional opposites. Lots of black and white photocopies of maps on a table with a flattened model of a globe The work of two project participants. The work consists of two black and white portraits with participants using gestuno (international sign language) and are annotated with pictograms and words A pair of feet and a carpet with work across it. The work reads 'The brightest moon ever lit the way' A table top filled with different photographic portraits and materials for making maps, photocopies of maps and pens Three participants working on their projects.