Who

The-Cool-Couple

The Cool Couple (often shortened TCC) is an artist duo based in Milan, Italy, and established in late 2012 by Niccolò Benetton (1986) and Simone Santilli (1987).
Their research focuses on the friction points generated daily in the relationship between people and images. The idea of images as active hubs, combined with a strong projectual attitude, results in the use of several forms of expression, ranging from fine art photography to electrostatic wipes, from meditation rooms to Chinese cover-bands.
The Cool Couple combines artistic research with didactics, because it’s good karma to share. They have been lecturers at: NABA (Milan), IUAV University (Venice), AplusA gallery (Venice), University of South Wales (Newport), IED Turin, ISSP, Riga, MADE Program, Syracuse.
They are founders of trendsetting cover band Rui & the Rainbow Dragons, members of POIUYT, a platform for image-based research, and among the editorial team of Genda Magazine.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Solo exhibitions

2018

  • Time Travel Stuff, Fujifilm Faculty, Unseen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;
  • Turbulence, curated by Paola Tognon and Contemporary Locus, Monastero del Carmine, Bergamo, Italy;

2017

2015

Group exhibitions (selection)

2018

2017

    • Alchimie 2.0, curated by Stefano Coletto, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy;
    • Teatrum Botanicum, Emerging Talents, curated by Giulia Mengozzi, PAV, Turin, Italy;
    • ANTOLOGIA, curated by Alessandro Carrer, Sergio Giusti and Paola Paleari, METRONOM, Modena, Italy;
    • Short Circuit #03, OK Corral, curated by Aly Grimes, Copenhagen, Denmark;
    • Dadaclub.online: the exhibition, curated by Link Art Center, Spazio Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy;
    • POIUYT. Punto Zero. Critical practices in Italian contemporary photography, curated by Francesca Lazzarini and Gaia Tedone, MLZ Art Dep, Trieste, Italy;
    • Short Circuit #02, curated by Aly Grimes, Palazzo Malipiero, Venice, Italy;

2016

      • Premio Graziadei, curated by Alessandro Dandini de Sylva, FOTOGRAFIA. Festival Internazionale di Roma, MACRO, Rome, Italy;
      • Short Circuit #01, curated by Aly Grimes, Stryx, Birmingham, Great Britain;
      • Good night, and good luck, curated by the students of the International summer class in Curatorial Studies, A plus A gallery, Venice, Italy;
      • On new Italian Photography, curated by FANTOM, Viasaterna, Milan, Italy;
      • TOAST, curated by Josseline Black and Vincenzo Estremo, Atelier Salzamt, Linz, Austria;
      • La disfatta dell’immagine, curated by Carlo Sala, TRA Treviso Ricerca Arte, Treviso, Italy.

2015

2014

2013

SCREENINGS

2018

      • The Third Chimpanzee, Treviso 2012, in The Other Side of the Moon, curated by Eva Comuzzi and Orietta Masin, Galleria Bertoni, Cervignano del Friuli, Italy;

2017

      • The Fuffy Wipe Case, episode II. Chemtrails, in The Book is on the Screen, curated by Valeria Raho, SPRINT, O’, Milan, Italy;
      • The Third Chimpanzee, Vajont 2014, curated by Andrea Bruciati, Biennale del cortometraggio di Vicenza, Vicenza, Italy;

2015

      • The Third Chimpanzee, Treviso 2012, Washing by Watching, curated by Valeria Raho, Jefferson Laundry, Lecce, Italy;
      • The Third Chimpanzee, Treviso 2012, FIF, International Belo Horizonte Photography Festival, curated by Eduardo de Jesus, Patrícia Azevedo, Bruno Vilela, Guilherme Cunha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

2014

      • The Third Chimpanzee, Treviso 2012, CulT – Salone della Cultura, curated by Saul Marcadent, Venice, Italy;
      • The Fuffy Wipe Case, episode II. Chemtrails (homage to Beck), CulT – Salone della Cultura, curated by Saul Marcadent, Venice, Italy;
      • The Third Chimpanzee, Bari 2014, curated by Angela Madesani, MIC, Milan, Italy;

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2017

  • Winner, Artverona Under 40 Photography Prize, Artverona, Verona, Italy;
  • Winner, Euromobil Under 30 Prize, Artefiera, Bologna, Italy;

2016

      • Selected Artist, Level 0, Museo del Novecento, Milan, Italy;
      • Nctm e l’arte, scholarship, Milan, Italy;
      • Shortlist, Artevisione prize, CareOf, Sky Arte, Milan, Italy;

2015

      • Shortlist, Premio Icona, Artverona, Verona, Italy;
      • First prize, Premio Graziadei, Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Rome, Italy;
      • Nomination, Discovery Award, Les Rencontres des Arles, Arles, France;

2014

      • First prize, 98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy;
      • First prize, Premio Francesco Fabbri per le arti contemporanee, contemporary photography section, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo (TV), Italy;
      • Shortlist, Kassel Dummy Award, Kassel, Germany;

2013

      • Shortlist, Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary art, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo (TV), Italy;

RESIDENCIES AND STUDY PROGRAMMES

2018

      • Workshop, Q-Rated, Ricerche Sensibili, organized by La Quadriennale di Roma, tutors: Zach Blas, Rana Hamadeh, Robert Leckie, Lecce, Italy;
      • Artist in residence programme, MADE Program, Syracuse, Italy;

2017

2016

      • Artist in residence programme, Careof, Milan, Italy;

2015

2014

      • Artist in residence programme, Urban Symphonies, Exposed Project, DOCVA, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy;

PUBLICATIONS

Monographs

      • The Fuffy Wipe Case I. A handful of dust, self published, 2013.

Book Publications

      • 222 Artisti emergenti su cui investire, Exibart, Rome, Settembre 2017;
      • Generazione Critica #2, Danilo Montanari Editore, Ravenna, Italy, April 2015;

Catalogues

    • That’s IT! Sull’ultima generazione di artisti in Italia e a un metro e ottanta dal confine, MAMbo, Bologna, June 2018;
    • FIF, International Belo Horizonte Photography Festival, Belo Horizonte, May 2018;
    • Alchimie 2.0, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, October 2017;
    • 2016 – On new Italian photography, FANTOM Editions, Milan, April 2017;
    • Dadaclub.online: the exhibition, LINK Art Center, Brescia, March 2017;
    • Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Quodlibet, Roma, October 2016;
    • Sublimina, LUISS, Rome, October 2016;
    • La disfatta dell’immagine, TRA, Treviso, March 2016;
    • VX30 Chaotic Passion, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa, April 2016;
    • I Borsisti della 98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, January 2016;
    • Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Quodlibet, Roma, October 2015;
    • Fotopub, Fotopub festival, Slovenia, september 2015;
    • Les Rencontres des Arles, Les Rencontres des Arles, Arles, France, July 2015;
    • Away, Archive Books, Berlin, April 2015;
    • 6PM Your Local Time, Link Art Center, Brescia, July 2015;
    • Circulation(s), Festival de la jeune Photographie Européenne, Fetart, Paris, January 2015;
    • 98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, December 2014;
    • Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary photography, Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, Treviso, November 2014;
    • Leading personality disease, Campanotto editore, Trieste, May 2014;
    • Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary art, Fondazione Fabbri, Treviso, November 2013;
    • Unstable territory. Borders and identity in contemporary art, Mandragora, Florence, October 2013;
    • Combat Prize, Sillabe, Livorno, September 2013.

COLLECTIONS

Collezione Campiani, Collezione Maccaferri, Euromobil, Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, Graziadei Studio Legale, Nirox Foundation, Les Rencontres des Arles.