Lola Daels

Le Vrai Fake I

Lola Daels

Le Vrai Fake I



2018. Wood, steel, resin. 100 x 110cm.

Le Vrai Fake consists of a lapidarium of fake stones. These stones are all copies of a stone I found in the mountains of Morocco. While seeking to reveal the history of the original, I realized the actual history doesn’t matter. As its origins were unlikely to be important from an archeological point of view, I tended to create a new, fictional reality for the stone. The worthlessness was confirmed through various results from multiple archaeologists who examined the stone, stating it merely consists of clay that was petrified through the heat of the sun.

Therefore, I decided to copy my stone using different techniques and values. By presenting them in a series, containing both the copies as the original, I tended to question the role of authenticity. While some of the copies being worth more than the original, the value of the authentic was lost. Its origins didn’t count anymore and among its copies it received a new identity. © Photo Britt Guns


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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