Awarded series questioning the worldwide phenomenon of industrial expansions and its consequences, shown in the study of the Belgian village Doel.

“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 Botanique Brussels

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

“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


The project ‘Unsettled’ focuses in a metaphoric way on the worldwide phenomenon of industrial expansions and its consequences, shown in the study of 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.

In this series this actual case is approached and questioned 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, published and exhibited (inter)nationally since 2008, received a project grant from the Dutch ‘Anna Cornelis foundation’ in 2010 and is supported by PICTURAE.

I am continuing the series and prepare a book publication, designed by -SYB-.

‘Unsettled’ is photographed with Mamiya 7 on medium film format on Fuji Provia 400 ASA. The images are presented as framed digital C-Prints and exist in two editions: 40 x 50 cm and 80 x 100 cm. Each 10 copies.

  • Darmstädter Tage Der Fotografie (DE, 2012)
    Exhibition Views: [1], [2]

    Group show, together with Nadav Kander, Christian Lutz, Suzanne Opton, Julian Röder, Frank Rothe and others.
    Dates: 20 – 22.04.2012
    More info: www.dtdf.de

  • CC De Spil, Roeselare (BE, 2011)
    Exhibition Views: [1], [2], [3], [4], [5],
    [6], [7]
    Solo show.
    Dates: 15.9 – 18.10.2011

  • Botanique Gallery, Brussels (BE, 2010)
    Exhibition Views: [1], [2], [3], [4], [5]

    Solo show, curated by François Delvoye.
    Dates: 4.11 – 12.12.2010

Snor Online Photography Magazine- 10 page portfolio ‘Unsettled’, 15/15.2013 (871 KB/ NL).
Essay by Harris Fogel on ‘Unsettled (2007 – 2012)’, 1.11.2013 (218 KB / EN).
DNacht magazine – 2 page portfolio ‘Unsettled’, issue 14, 1.9.2013 (2,8 MB / EN).
Apache – Review ‘Unsettled (2007 – 2012)’, 28.10.2013 (1,4 MB / NL).
Private Photoreview – News post solo show Isabelle Pateer, Galerie Lichtblick, 25.10.2013 (1,4 MB / EN).
Urbanautica – Announcement solo show ‘Unsettled’ Isabelle Pateer at Galerie Lichtblick, 18.10.2013 (2,6 MB / EN).
Snor – news post exhibition Isabelle Pateer at Galerie Lichtblick, 1.11.2013 (1,1 MB / NL).
Der Greif – Announcement solo show ‘Unsettled’ at Galerie Lichtblick Cologne, 1.11.2013 (1,2 MB / EN).
SHOOT – interview and 8-page portfolio of ‘Unsettled (2007 – 2012)’, June 2013 (447 KB/ Dutch).
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival catalogue – feature shortlisted series ‘Unsettled (2007 – 2012)’, 01.05.2013 (580 KB / EN).
P3 – online feature of ‘Unsettled (2007 – 2012)’, 09/05/2013 (861 KB/ English).
Archivo Zine – 26 page portfolio of ‘Unsettled (2007 – 2012)’, spring issue N°4 , (3,1MB/ English).
Brixton Blog – Review Solo Show ‘Unsettled’ at Photofusion gallery Londen by Lizzie Kaye’, 03.04.2013, (4,3 MB/ English).
Photomonitor – Review Solo Show ‘Unsettled’ at Photofusion gallery Londen by Riikka Kuittinen’, 25.03.2013, (693 KB/ English).
Essay Liz Wells on ‘Unsettled (2007 – 2012)’, 1.02.2013, (260 KB / English).
Photofusion Gallery London – Announcement Unsettled solo show,, 01.03.2013 (504 KB / English).
Private Photoreview – News post Isabelle Pateer, Photofusion Gallery, 01.03.2013 (782 KB / English).
Platform Photo – What’s on: Isabelle Pateer at Photofusion Gallery London, 01.03.2013, (401 KB / English).
Top Photography Films – Online interview and portfolio, 09.03.2013 (3,6 MB/ English).
Fototazo – online gallery feature, 07.03.2013 (2,73 MB/ English).


the Heavy Collective – interview and publication, 14.12.2012 , (2,2 MB / English).
Flak Photo, online feature of the day – Empty Box, 2010 out of the series ‘Unsettled’, 04.09.2012, (0,3 MB / English).
Focus magazine, online interview and portfolio ‘Unsettled’, 24.08.2012 (5,75 mB / Dutch).
Photograph-y, online feature, 08.08.2012 (0,4 mB / English).
Radio KLARA ‘Zomerhuis’, interview by Olav Grondelaers, 02.8.2012, (46,3 MB / Dutch).
The Irish Times, article by Aidan Dune on solo exhibition “Unsettled” in Copper House Gallery Dublin, 07.2012, (2,05 MB / English).
Totally Dublin, article by Rosa Abbott on solo exhibition “Unsettled” in Copper House Gallery Dublin, 04.07.2012, (1,67 MB / English).
Radio program Culture Cafe (IR), interview by Nessy, 07.2012, (8,89 MB / English).
Le Cool, article by Roísín Agnew, on solo exhibition “Unsettled” in Copper House Gallery Dublin, 13.07.2012, (0,3 MB / English).
PhotoIreland, exhibition catalogue, 07.2012, (English, 1,98 MB).
Darmstädter Tage Der Fotografie, exhibition catalogue, (2, 16 MB / German).
Fotofestiwal Lodz, exhibition catalogue, (2 MB / Polish and English).
Leaflet ‘Unsettled’ (selfpublished promotional tool), April 2012, (1,4 mB / English).
Rearviewmirror Magazine, 10-page portfolio ‘Unsettled’, (1,7 mB / English).


Foto & Video Magazine, 4 page portfolio series ‘Unsettled’, 11.2011 (0,7 mB / Russian).
GUP Magazine, Online Portfolio ‘Unsettled’, 10.2011 (1,3 mB / English).
PhotoQ, Online portfolio ‘Unsettled’ with article by Prof. Johan Swinnen, 10.2011 (1,2 mB / Dutch).
La Lettre de la Photographie 01.10.2011 (1,2 mB / English).
MO* Magazine Anouncement Exhibition ‘Unsettled’ 09.2011 (1,3 mB / Dutch).
Inge Morath Magazine (Magnum), Online Publication ‘Unsettled’, 07.2011 (3,18 MB / English).


Private Photoreview, 4 page Portfolio series ‘Unsettled’, 12.2010 (2,4 MB / English).
Daegu Photo Bienneale 2010 Exhibition Catalogue (1,97 mB / English).
La Libre Belgique, article by Jean-Marc Bodson on group exhibition Botanique gallery, Brussels, 1.12.2011 (0,3 MB / French).
Le Vif, article by Valérie Colin on group exhibition Botanique gallery Brussels, 11.2010 (1,8 MB / French).
Le Soir, article by Catherine Callico on group exhibition Botanique gallery, Brussels, 20.11.2011 (0,2 MB / French).
FotoMuseum Extra, 10 page portfolio series ‘Unsettled’ 9.2010 ( 825 KB / Dutch).
Radio KLARA ‘Kunstkaravaan’, interview by Natalie Sterckx, 24.7.2010 ( 6,32 MB / Dutch).
Verve Photo, The new breed of Documentary Photograpers, 10.5.2010 ( 451 KB / English).
Photo Espana Blog PHE, 30.6.2010 ( 960 KB / Spanish).
Fraction Magazine, 1.7.2010 ( 3,71 MB / English).
La Libre Belgique, “Portrait jeune artiste”, text by Jean-Marc Bodson5.3.2010 , (1,52 MB / French).
Staalkaart magazine, February, text by Inge Henneman (curator PhotoMuseum Antwerp), 3.2010 (1,76 MB/ Dutch).
Focus magazine #2, interview ‘Belgische Beelden’ by Jan Bosteels, 2.2010 (152KB / Dutch).
Radio KLARA ‘Kunstkaravaan’, interview by Greet Samyn, 9.1.2010 (3,87 MB / Dutch).


VIEW Photography magazine #16, portfolio ‘Unsettled’, text François Delvoye, 12.2009 (1,68 MB / French / English / Dutch).
De Standaard ‘Lieve Blancquaert stelt voor: Isabelle Pateer’, text Veerle Beel, 28.7.2009], [Page II] 0,71 / 0,87 MB Dutch).
Radio program OBA Live, LLINK (NL), interview Teun van de Keuken, 13.5.2009 (direct link).
Radio 1 program Cappuccino (NL), interview Frank du Mosch, 9.5.2009, (5,36 MB / Dutch).
Caritas Newsletter, Interview Regine De Bruycker (918 KB / Dutch).
PF # 4, portfolio ‘Unsettled’, text Caroline Piek, 5.2009 (727 KB / Dutch).


FotoMuseum Magazine #37, ‘Photolimits, nieuw Belgisch fotografencollectief’, text: Jan Desloover, 3. 2007 , ( 2,91 MB /Dutch).
Radio KLARA ‘Ramblas’, interview expo Photolimits 5.2007, (3,79 MB / Dutch)

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During the creation of the ongoing series ‘Unsettled’ I am publishing a series of booklets, of which each edition shows a recent selection of the series.

The third edition (latest issue) was published in November 2012. Previous editions were realised in 2010 (first edition) and 2011 (second edition) and are all sold out.

Format of the booklets: 12 x 15 cm. 32 pages. Limited edition of 1.000 copies.

You can order a copy by clicking on the button below (the price per copy is € 7,50 (P&P included). A book publication containing an overview of the whole project, following up the smaller booklets, is being prepared and expected for 2014.

In the summer of 2012 Sanne van Hemert, a student from the Arts School HKU in Utrecht (NL) did an internship with me and made 2 short videos while on shooting for ‘Unsettled’ during nighttime in the area of the village of Doel and the surrounding (upcoming

industrial) part. The short videos of 1 minute each give a sneak insight into the working environment and shooting process.