UNSETTLED | Unsettled is a project on change. The series focuses on the impact of yielding capitalistic and political power on people and their environment. A global story, approached by focusing on a local example: the expanding harbour of Antwerp (Europe’s second largest port) and related nature compensation plans imposed by the European Union. A contemporary project showing the local effects of our shifting global economy and increasing import of overseas goods on people and their environment.
The series shows portraits of young inhabitants alternated by interior images and landscapes which bare witness to the transformed state of the area, either for industrial or (compensating man made) ‘new nature’ targets. The project questions notions as change, progress, value of land, migration, (manmade) nature, the power of money and the connection between identity and surrounding.
The series was started in 2007 and received International acclaim through several awards, publications and exhibitions. www.isabellepateer.com