The 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 symbolise the international tendency of global political and economic shifts and the way they manifest themselves to the people and their surroundings.
"Unsettled" was awarded, exhibited and published (inter)nationally since 2008.
I am operating in a cross-over area between documentary and autonomous photography. Working predominently on long term projects I expresses myself in series which base their subject matter on topics close to myself, but which have a wider meaning by addressing a more universal tendency in which I motivate the viewer to search for a personal relation and interpretation. In doing so I am aiming for a subtle form of universal social criticism.
All photographs are analogue images, taken on medium format with Mamiya7 on slides, presented in exhibitions as digital C-Prints, format 80 x 100 cm.
Isabelle Pateer (°1980, The Netherlands) graduated as a master in fine arts from the Institute of Visual Arts St Lukas Brussels in 2003. She is working on long-term projects and is commissioned regularly by various companies and magazines internationally. Specialized in portrait and reportage her personal work operates in a cross-over area between documentary and autonomous photography. The long term project 'Unsettled' received a project grant from the Dutch documentary fund Anna Cornelis and has been exhibited worldwide, including MOMa Tbilisi, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Photofusion Gallery London, Galerie Lichtblick Cologne, Photo Ireland Festival, Botanique gallery Brussels, Fotofestival Naarden, Daegu Photo Biennale South Korea and Fotofestiwal Lodz, where Isabelle was a finalist for the Grand Prix. Isabelle has also published in The New York Times Magazine, Inge Morath Magazine, Rearview mirror, The Irish Times, dienacht magazine, PhotoQ, GUP magazine, La Libre Belgique and many more.
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