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Isabelle Pateer | Unsettled

The ongoing documentary series “Unsettled” focuses in a metaphorical 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. For more than 10 years this place is subject to governmental plans of vast expansions of the port of Antwerp and related nature compensation plans, which will wipe the town from the face of the earth and install 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 sour taste by contrasting the young with the local changes, they symbolize the international tendency of global political and economic shifts and the way they manifest themselves to the people and their surroundings. The series doesn’t (only) witness, but proposes a metaphor of the ambiguity between progress and disenchantment. It raises the question of the purposefulness of growth, development and progression in an indirect way.

Find here more info about the “Unsettled” project: www.unsettled.eu

(From PRIVATE 51 - Global Report 2, p. 14-17)

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