Lola Daels


Lola Daels




2018. Plaster, acrylic, glass.

Through making copies, revaluating worthless objects, decontextualizing fragments or assembling different objects, I question the concept of authenticity in a globalizing society.

I want to reveal the story behind what I find in my environment, and create a new fiction around them. The objects with which I work with, talk about the role of an individual and his search towards identity and nostalgia. I am interested in the conflict between local and global, which is visible in different layers throughout society.

The Disneyfication of city centers to assure the protection of heritage on the larger scale or palm-tree-posters in night shops on a much smaller scale, are both examples of attempts to hold on to a reference. However, both are relics from a different era or place, shaping the globalization of the present context. While all these fragments are pieces of the puzzle shaping our cities, a sense of placelesness occurs, detaching our modern living environments from its context. What is supposed to be authentic has now become a forced attempt, and therefore a ‘fake’. In a way you could state we have lost authenticity in our struggle for identity.


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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