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Lola Daels

City Desert

Lola Daels

City Desert

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2015. Urban scenography, Ninoofse poort, Brussels.

In cities of today we can find ourselfs in places which give us the feeling of being in some kind of desolated landscape such as a desert, populated only by some lonely cacti stand- ing miles away from each other.The issue however is not the absence of life, it is the way the place is being lived that makes it feel like a desert. It are places which are being skipped, places where no one has got his home or no one feels himself at home, places where everyone has ceased to take care of.

If a place can’t be a home to the people who are living it, it becomes a wound.. wounds need attention in order to avoid them to get infected and have a larger influence on the entier city. City deserts we call them. By giving this place our Sanseverias we are not healing the wound, we are just giving the desert its cactus. It is like hiding the infected wound with a patch, it becomes less visable but underneath the wound keeps on growing worse.

This work was made in collaboration with Sebastiaan Willemen (chépas collective).

Biography

Lola Prima Donna Daels °1990, Brussel (BE) represented by Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels. Currently in residency @level five Brussels.

 

 

Lola Prima Donna Daels (°1990) is a Brussels based artist, who mostly creates site specific and installation art.  Her practice derives from long processes of research in which she investigates analytical and critical inquiries about ecological, environmental and socio-political issues. At every place she visits, Lola collects objects and materials that she reshapes  and integrates into new contexts. 

Daels obtained her master’s degree in visual arts in 2014 at Luca School of Arts, Brussels. She has been part of several residency programs such as EKWC (NL), Kooshk recidency (IR), Cité Internationale des Arts (FR). Her work was shown at Bozar (BE), Extracity Kunsthal (BE), Deegar Platform (IR), the African Art Fair in Marrakech (MA) and many more. She was selected to participate at the fifth edition of STRT Kit, a one-year development program for artists in Antwerp.  

Her interest in urban complexities led to the collaboration with architect Sebastiaan Willemen, with who she founded chépas collective. She’s is a member of Level Five, an artistic ecology in Brussels, Belgium. Curruntly she’s represented by Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels. 

Upcoming

Januari - December 2022 Veldwerk, research project in collaboration with Sebastiaan Willemen for Plan B. Find more information about this project here. 

March - April 2022 Residency at Fondation CAB
Please join me April 7th at my Open Studio https://fondationcab.com/nl/open-studio-lola-daels

March 15 to April 24 2022 - Minimalism-Maximalism-Mechanismmm, Exhibition at Seoul Art Sonje Center with work from Tove Storch (DK), Studio ThinkingHand (DK / AU), Lola Daels (BE), Seulgi Lee (KR), Ali Kazim (PA) and Elsa Salonen (FI).

October 14, 2022 to January 8, 2023 - Minimalism-Maximalism-Mechanismmm, Exhibition at Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark.

Texts and publications

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HART Magazine, Interview Lola Daels

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