Fine Art Project 

UNSETTLED is a long term project on change. The series investigates, over a period of more than ten years, the evolution of the Belgian Village “Doel” and the surrounding land reclaimed from the sea. The area is under pressure by vast harbor expansions and related nature compensation plans.

Starting from this local example the project refers to an international tendency of global industrial and economic shifts. It illustrates how people, their environment and surroundings as well as their social fabric are affected by these large industrial alterations.

UNSETTLED was awarded, published and exhibited (inter)nationally, received a project grant from the Dutch Anna Cornelis Foundation as well as from the Dutch Embassy in London and Dublin, and was shown in MOMA Tbilisi through a grant assigned by The Flemish Government.
" Unsettled points in an indirect way to the power of economy in our contemporary world, and its consequences."

— Rosa Abbott, journalist

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

— François Delvoye, curator 
“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’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
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