Lola Daels

It's not what it used to be

Lola Daels

It's not what it used to be



2019. Installation, Sandcastles of the Notre Dame. 100cm x 110cm.

This work originated after the fire collapse of the Parisian Notre-Dame Cathédrale in 2019. The discourse on the reconstruction of the Cathédrale evoke critical questions of a g-local significance: Who gets to reshape the public space architecture and heritage? How are resources related to climate change? Who gets the right for distribution and re-distribution of resources? What notions should be preserved and what should be let go? What do resources tell us about society unity vis a vis its stratification?

Exhibition view ‘Objects vs. Things’ Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerp.


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. 

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