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Tim Bennett, Klara Hobza, Paloma Proudfoot,
Camilla Steinum, Grace Weaver


Exhibition view: FIRTS DATE Soy Capitán (Berlin) hosted by JO VAN DE LOO (Photo: Constanza Meléndez)



For this year’s edition of Various Others JO VAN DE LOO is hosting Soy Capitán, Berlin. 


Established by Heike Tosun in 2011, Soy Capitán offers a program of exhibitions across a range of practices, media and perspectives. The artistic program consists in an exploration of new developments in international contemporary art. The gallery is intended as a platform that enables artistic development and builds a cooperative network of international collectors and collections, curators and institutions. Soy Capitán is located in Berlin-Kreuzberg since 2013.


Together with Soy Capitán, Berlin, JO VAN DE LOO presents FIRST DATE. The collaborative exhibition showcases the work of Tim Bennett (*1973 Rochdale, UK), Klara Hobza (*1975 Pilsen, CZ), Paloma Proudfoot (*1992, London, UK), Camilla Steinum (*1986 Oslo, Norway) and Grace Weaver (* 1989, Vermont, USA).

The show’s title refers to the encounter of two galleries, collaborating for the first time through an open visual dialogue. Combining the works of five of the respective artists, the exhibition engages in the search of a harmonic meeting point between different aesthetic vocabularies and medias.



Tim Bennett’s work is driven by the interplay between spontaneous gesture and meticulous working process. This interaction gives new meaning to the commercial building materials he often incorporates into his sculptures, including plasterboard, plaster, marble, cement, wood, and veneer. 

Klara Hobza’s process-oriented narrations are derived from self-imposed endeavors that result in performances, videos, drawings, and sculptures which traverse science fiction and fantasy.

Paloma Proudfoot’s practice is informed by clothes-making and explorations of the body. In her installations and performances, cast sculptures appear like carefully choreographed characters. 

Camilla Steinum focuses on the immanent qualities of everyday objects and materials, exploring their possible references to power structures and the production of meaning. 

In Grace Weaver’s paintings, figures are often depicted in dynamic situations that refer to the intimate and tragicomic struggles of everyday life.  

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