Lola Daels

Le Vrai Fake II

Lola Daels

Le Vrai Fake II



2020. Seedsculptures (earth, clay, seeds), ceramics, stainless steel. 1 x 160 cm, 1 x 120 cm.

This work is a persecution of Le Vrai Fake. I started feeling guilty by taking away a stone from its origins. While I was searching for explanations for this bizarre sentiment towards a stone, I got intrigued through its genesis. I decided to turn my guilt into motivation and dig deeper into the history of it.

I started reproducing the dried stone I found in the Atlas with earth, clay and seeds. They will bloom once they come in contact with water. The installation shows an irrigation system which can be set alive through pouring water.

With this work I want to highlight the problem of desertification. Desertification is the expansion or creation of deserts resulting from climate change and erosion through poor landscape management. Every year water stress threatens villages throughout Morocco by slowly creating inhabitable areas. One of the strategies to protect the land from drying out, or even to restore a desert landscape, is to grow forests.

Exhibition view ‘Le Vrai Fake II’ at Gluon, Brussels, photo by Silvia Cappellari

Exhibition view ‘ARE(N)A’ at Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels, , photo by Britt Guns


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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