Unsettled (2007-2010) by Isabelle Pateer

Issue 16

The ongoing documentary series “Unsettled” focuses in a metaphoric way on the idea of “progress” in a case where living environment and heritage have to disappear because of industrial purposes. Within this project this international tendency is illustrated by focusing on the Belgian village Doel and the surrounding polder area. The place is threatened by vast expansions of the port of Antwerp and related nature compensation plans, which installs an artificial contrast between nature and culture.

“Unsettled” illustrates this actual case in an indirect way, exceeding a pure documentary approach. It shows portraits of young inhabitants alternated by landscapes which bare witness to the transformed state of the area. Leaving a sourish taste by contrasting the young with the local changes, they symbolize the international tendency of global political and economic shifts and the way they manifest themselves to the people and their surroundings.

Isabelle Pateer is a Brussels, Belgium based artist.
To view more of Isabelle's work, please visit her website.

  Inconvenience, 2008 

Inconvenience, 2008 

  Desolation, 2008 

Desolation, 2008 

  Christoph, 2009 

Christoph, 2009 

  Before the flood, 2009 

Before the flood, 2009 

  Robin, 2008 

Robin, 2008 

  Car box, 2009 

Car box, 2009 

  Bubble gum, 2007 

Bubble gum, 2007 

  Antonio, 2009 

Antonio, 2009 

  Refaire l'homme et la terre, 2008 

Refaire l'homme et la terre, 2008 

  Thierry, 2009 

Thierry, 2009 

  Backyard, 2009 

Backyard, 2009 

  Yessica, 2007 

Yessica, 2007 

  All is pink when I am blinded, 2007 

All is pink when I am blinded, 2007 

  The room #2, 2009 

The room #2, 2009 

  The room, 2007 

The room, 2007 

  Sabina, 2008 

Sabina, 2008 

  Natascha, 2007 

Natascha, 2007 

  Under Construction #1, 2006 

Under Construction #1, 2006 

  Yannick, 2009 

Yannick, 2009 

  Couch, 2009 

Couch, 2009 

  Untitled interior, 2010 

Untitled interior, 2010 

  Untitled, 2010 

Untitled, 2010