Lola Daels

Plastic Beach

Lola Daels

Plastic Beach



2015. Urban scenography, Canal, Brussels.

The crocodile hides in the water, waiting for a snack. His prey knows nothing, but man knows that it should avoid waters where these dangerous animals have its habitat. The crocodile is the symbol of an invisible, threatening danger in places where man knows it could be dangerous. The border of Brussels and Molenbeek is such a place. Hidden beneath the street there’s a footpath along the canal. This path is only accessible through a few places. It is a place occupied only by them who don’t want to be seen by the eyes of the city, them who have secrets and who are scared. It is a kind of visible but unseen underworld in Brussels. By freeing plastic crocodiles in the water of this canal, we make a direct link with the alligator swamps as we can find in the USA. We use this metaphor to show how unreachable this area is, how this place is being experienced by its inhabitants and by the people from its surrounding city.But our crocodiles aren’t real, they’re plastic toys. They draw the attention of passing-by children and make their parents see that the canal is also a place where life is possible. There aren’t real threats hidden under this surface.

This work was made in collaboration with Sebastiaan Willemen. © Image courtesy of the artists


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



Lola Prima Donna Daels (b. 1990 in Jette, BE) is a Brussels based artist. Leaving from found objects, she poses critical inquiries about the ecological and socio-political situation. By reshaping and integrating her relics into new contexts she questions the concept of authenticity in our globalizing society. She has exponentially gravitated towards researching the human impact from an ecological preoccupation. She works site-specifically, both in research scope as well as in execution. 

Daels obtained her master 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) and Cité Internationale des Arts (FR). Her work was shown at Bozar (BE), Extracity Kunsthal (BE), Deegar Platform (IR), Art Sonje Center Seoul (KR) and many more.

Her interest in urban complexities led to the collaboration with architect and urbanist Sebastiaan Willemen. She's is a member of Level Five artistic ecology in Brussels. Currently she's represented by Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels. 


2023 January - February 11th, 2023 Duo-show ‘Light of the past’, Loup Lejeune and Lola Daels @Plagiarama Gallery

2023 Februari 2th - May, 2023 - Art au Centre Liège, Exhibition & parcours in the center of Liège.

2023 October 14, 2022 - 19.03.2023 - Minimalism-Maximalism-Mechanismmm, Exhibition at Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark.

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

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