Lola Daels


Lola Daels




2018. Urban scenography, Marrakech.

Nafora is an accessible fountain, situated in an ancient garden in the Medina of Marrakech. Its closed water cycle runs exclusively on excess water, fetched in swimming pools of surrounding hotels. Activating the attached bicycle provides energy for the water flow to let the fountain do its magic. Nafora is the final chain in an action which tends to emblematically liberate private water and make it accessible for kids of the Medina. Nafora existed for 1 day: 12 may 2018 in Jardin Sidi Bou Aâmer, Medina Marrakech.

Nafora comes forth out of an interest in the idiosyncratic role of the increasing foreign interest in the city of Marrakech. Ever since the 70’s, the growing presence of wealthy foreigners in the Medina of Marrrakech, is occupying space increasingly both physically as mentally. Through the transformation of riads without respecting the historical regulations, they are interfering with the complex social architecture of the city. While Arabic architecture focuses on the creation of enclosed private spaces, where women are liberated from the eyes on the street, the new riads open up rooftops for restaurants or viewpoints, destroying these well protected private scenes.

​What is interesting however, is how the architecture of hotels, inside and outside the Medina, is reusing the same Arabic standards to create enclosed private spaces for tourists. Behind large hotel walls, foreign spaces are created which allow tourists to run away into a universal, comfortable and recognizable environment. Cut away from its context, a feeling of placelesness is created, where local rules and norms can be neglected and exchanged for liberal, western standards. This way, western safe spaces are generated for the visitors of the ancient Arabic city. Safe spaces to hide away from the original environment, back into the comfort zone.

The surrounding city merely becomes a spectacle, an amusement park, a tourist attraction.

Nafora was made possible with the help of Pikala, Holland Bike Atelier vzw and Queens Collective Marrakech.

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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