Lola Daels


Lola Daels




2016. Lamp, black & white photo on glass.

More and more European cities are characterized by the look of small commercial properties such as night shops, snack bars or Internet cafes. With their typical look of exotic nostalgia, references to exotic destinations are determining a trend of spontaneous non-architecture as one of the main typologies occupying the 21st century streetscape.

Beautiful commercial places are often occupied by cheap eateries (snacks) and nightshops. The architecture that comes with these stores has a striking but uniform character. Repeating elements such as fluorescent lamps or photographs of exotic destinations generate a unique and strange atmosphere, which can be observed both in the streets and in the stores themselves.

We aim to capture this atmosphere by placing a picture of a snackbar as a subject into one of these kitsch lamps. By hanging the kebab-lamp in the exhibition space we ask the visitors for their attention. Our urban landscape is anything but utopian. © Image courtesy of the artists


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. 



  • Mine Away - Solo Exhibition at M Leuven 
    March 14th till Sept 5th 2024
  • Artist talk
    + screening of the movie ‘Apple Cider Vinegar’ by Sofie Bennoot
    Thursday sept 5th 2024
    19:00 – 21:50 at M Leuven

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