UNSETTLED Project Photographs by Isabelle Pateer

'Unsettled' is a long term project questioning the worldwide phenomenon of industrial expansions and its consequences, shown in the study of the Belgian village Doel, which is threatened by extensive harbour expansions. Starting from this specific local example, the series refers to- and questions the general tendency of global political and economic shifts and how they manifest themselves on the people and the surrounding.

"Unsettled has a multiplicity of meanings, but at the core is change. To be Unsettled is to be in a state of change. […] Rarely are people or organizations compelled to incur change for reasons without financial gain. And even more rarely are the results of such changes actually analysed for the appropriateness of policy or actual gain."

- Harris Fogel, Associate Professor and curator (US)

"Isabelle Pateer's landscapes are like theatre sets - in their detail and construction they form backgrounds to stories. These become apparent when she inhabits her images with characters. Earth and concrete have never looked as hard as they do next to her young and vulnerable human relics, left behind by the roar and rumble of industrial expansion."

- Roísín Agnew, journalist (IR)

"With her series Unsettled, Isabelle Pateer does more than just witness: she proposes a metaphor of the ambiguity between progress and disenchantment."

- François Delvoye, art curator (BE)

"Pateer has created thoughtful imagery combining talent with a social purpose which effortlessly balances the narrative of the universal and the individual and how international capitalism touches on or even dominates people's lives. The underlying truth here is about how global corporations wield their power. This is not to say that the photos don't have visual appeal also, with their startling, sharply observed detail and pale Vermeer light. These are pictures of uncomfortable truths, eloquently spoken."

- Riikka Kuittinen, journalist

Isabelle Pateer (°1980, NL) - Master in Visual Arts (2003, Brussels, BE) works on long-term projects and is regularly commissioned by magazines, companies and organisations worldwide.

Specialized in documentary and portrait photography her personal project 'Unsettled' has been exhibited worldwide including MOMA Tbilisi, Photofusion Gallery London, Rencontres d Arles, Galerie Lichtblick Cologne, The Copper House Gallery Dublin, PHOTOVISA Photo Festival Krasnodar, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Museum of Photography Brussels, Botanique Gallery Brussels, Daegu Photo Biennale South Korea and Fotofestiwal Lodz, where Isabelle was a finalist for the Grand Prix.

Isabelle also published in The New York Times Magazine, Financial Times, Inge Morath Magazine, The Irish Times, dienacht magazine, PhotoQ, GUP magazine, La Libre Belgique, La lettre de la Photographie, De Morgen Magazine, De Standaard, Knack, La Libre Belgique, Style in Progress, Arte news, Focus, PF, FotoMuseum Magazine, ARCO contemporary Art, Pulp Magazine and others.

This presentation contains a selection of the long term project 'Unsettled' (2007 - 2020)

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Isabelle Pateer