Lola Daels


Lola Daels




2023 - 2024, Pietra Dura (stone-inlay), 24 cm x 16 cm x 1 cm.

In this pietra dura mosaic, the post-industrial landscape takes center stage, serving as a focal point in Daels’ exploration of the Anthropocene—the current geological epoch marked by rapid climate and atmospheric changes caused by human activity.

The mosaic portrays a scene in Brumadinho, Brazil, where a dam collapse at Vale’s iron mine led to a catastrophic ecological disaster. The collapse, occurring in January 2019, unleashed a tsunami of toxic mine waste, claiming 272 lives and devastating the surrounding environment.

The meticulous craftsmanship and opulent aesthetic of Pietra Dura, an ancient Italian technique, starkly contrast with the depicted catastrophe.

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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