Isabelle Pateer
Isabelle Pateer
Isabelle Pateer
Isabelle Pateer
Isabelle Pateer

Unsettled (2008 – 2021) is a long-term project on change and the environment. It addresses a current topic with global relevance—the series documents the evolution of the Antwerp harbor expansion zone in Belgium. The area is undergoing major transitions through vast industrial expansions and related nature compensation plans imposed by the European Union to balance the industrial growth with ecological areas and protect the hinterland against rising sea levels.

Starting from this local example in Belgium, the UNSETTLED project refers to a global tendency of industrial, economic, and environmental shifts and the challenge of balancing these elements for a sustainable future.

The series shows layered landscapes of the transforming area—either for industrial or compensating nature targets, interior images of abandoned houses in the endangered village of Doel, or portraits of young inhabitants in the area who will need to migrate because of the harbor expansion and nature compensation plans.

The project touches upon notions such as progress, change, ecology, climate change, sustainability, rising sea levels, global trade, the value of land, migration, and the connection between identity and our surroundings.

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Artist Bios

  • Isabelle Pateer

    Isabelle Pateer holds an MFA (2003, Brussels) and works as a freelance portrait and documentary photographer on personal series as well as commissioned work for international clients—among which are the New York Times and the Financial Times. 

    Her work has been exhibited worldwide, including shows at Photo IS:RAEL (IL, 2020), Rencontres d’Arles (FA, 2018), Museum of Photography Brussels (BE 2017), International Photography Festival Hull (UK, 2016), Triennale der Photographie Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (DE, 2015), MoMa Tbilisi (GE, 2014), Royal Geographical Society London (UK, 2014), Galerie Lichtblick Cologne (DE, 2013), Copenhagen Photo Festival (DK, 2013), Photofusion Gallery London (UK, 2013), PHOTOVISA Krasnodar (RU, 2013), Fotofestiwal Lodz (PL, 2012), and Daegu Photo Biennale (SK, 2010) among others.

    With her project UNSETTLED, she was a finalist of the Photo Israel Open Call (IL, 2020), Prix Régnier Paris (FA, 2019), and International Photography Award Encontros Da Imagem Braga (PT, 2019), nominated for the PhotoLux Festival Award by Lydia Dorner, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne (CH, 2019), awardee of the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards (UK, 2019), first prize winner of the Photovisa contest Krasnodar (RU, 2013), and a finalist of the Environmental Photographer of the Year Contest (UK, 2014), Kolga Tbilisi Awards (GE, 2012), and Grand Prix Fotofestiwal Lodz (PL, 2012).


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 archive : 2021

Featuring: Isabelle Pateer

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