Lola Daels


Lola Daels




2023 - 2024, Pietra Dura: Inlay of semi-precious stones, 24 cm x 16 cm x 1 cm.

This pietra dura mosaic, titled ‘Ajka,’ represents the second work in a series about the post-industrial landscape. At the heart of the artwork lies the rupture of a containment pond at the MAL aluminum company, a calamity that unleashed over one million cubic meters of toxic red mud upon unsuspecting villages and fertile landscapes. This sludge, a byproduct of aluminum production, surged forth with merciless force, inundating homes, polluting rivers, and claiming lives in its relentless path. The ecological repercussions were dire, with entire ecosystems disrupted, soil poisoned, and aquatic life devastated. Moreover, the contamination spread far beyond the immediate vicinity, affecting neighboring regions and threatening the delicate balance of the natural world. Amidst the chaos, the mosaic serves as a poignant reminder of the interconnectedness of human activity and the environment, urging reflection on the urgent need for sustainable practices and environmental stewardship.

This photo shows an exhibition view from «Mine Away» at M Leuven (2024) curated by Laure Vanrijckeghem. Photo’s by We Document Art.


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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