Photo exhibition

Isabelle Pateer – Unsettled

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – 2015 Yusef Hawkin’s face is gone and now this child’s face has also been totally erased from the world. I believe her name was Janelle Lynn McCleese, born in 1987 and died in 1990. How did she die? I have imagined that she was hit by a car. The mural lived much longer than she did. Perhaps brevity really is part of the beauty and function of these murals—that their eventual loss further reflects the neighborhood’s demographic changes, the passage of time, the brevity of life. I won’t ever forget Janelle’s face and her lovingly fixed hair. She lives inside all of us who passed by and took notice of her as we walked down Lewis Ave.,-- us, the lucky living, wondrously and briefly animated by life.
Icons, 2011. From the series Unsettled, © Isabelle Pateer
Icons, 2011. From the series Unsettled, © Isabelle Pateer

Galerie Lichtblick proudly presents Isabelle Pateer – Unsettled
Event date > from: 1.11. to 1.12.2013 / Opening: Thursday, October 31 – 8 pm / Opening hours: Fr: 7 – 9 PM. SA + SU: 2 – 6 PM
Galerie Lichtblick, Gallery for Contemporary Photography, Steinbergerstr.21, 50733 Cologne

The project ‘Unsettled’ focuses in a metaphoric way on the worldwide phenomenon of industrial expansion 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 install 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.

The series “Unsettled” has been awarded, published and exhibited internationally since 2008 and received a project grant from the Dutch ‘Anna Cornelis foundation’ in 2010.

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