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 (chépas collective).


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. 


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

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




HART Magazine, Interview Lola Daels



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