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 that generate daily in the relationship between people and images. The idea of images as active hubs in a network, combined with a strong planning attitude, result in the use of several forms of expression, ranging from fine art photography to electrostatic wipes, from meditation rooms to Chinese cover-bands.
TCC’s work has been exhibited internationally at institutions such as: Center for Contemporary Strozzina (Florence), Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice), Unseen Festival (Amsterdam), Centquatre (Paris), Les Rencontres des Arles Festival and MACRO Museum (Rome).
Among the prizes they won are Francesco Fabbri Award for Contemporary Photography, Fondazione Bevilacqua scholarship, Graziadei Prize, Euromobil Under 30 Prize. They have been selected for Plat(t)form Program at Fotomuseum Winterthur and shortlisted for the Discovery Award at Les Rencontres des Arles festival.
The Cool Couple have been lecturers at: NABA (Milan), IUAV University (Venice), AplusA gallery (Venice), University of South Wales (Newport), IED Turin. 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

2015

Group exhibitions (selection)

2017

    • Teatrum Botanicum, PAV, Turin, Italy;
    • ANTOLOGIA, METRONOM, Modena, Italy;
    • Short Circuit #03, OK Corral, Copenhagen, Denmark;
    • Dadaclub.online: the exhibition, Spazio Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy;
    • POIUYT. Punto Zero. Critical practices in Italian contemporary photography, MLZ Art Dep, Trieste, Italy;
    • Short Circuit #02, Palazzo Malipiero, Venice, Italy;

2016

2015

2014

2013

SCREENINGS

2017

      • The Third Chimpanzee, Vajont 2014, Biennale del cortometraggio di Vicenza, Vicenza, Italy;

2015

2014

      • The Third Chimpanzee, Treviso 2012, CulT – Salone della Cultura, Venice, Italy;
      • The Fuffy Wipe Case, episode II. Chemtrails (homage to Beck), CulT – Salone della Cultura, Venice, Italy;
      • The Third Chimpanzee, Bari 2014, MIC, Milan, Italy;
      • The Fuffy Wipe Case, episode II. Chemtrails (homage to Beck), TRA Treviso Ricerca Arte, Treviso, Italy.

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2017

  • Winner, Euromobil Under 30 Prize, Artefiera, Bologna, Italy;

2016

      • Selected Artist, Level 0, Museo del ‘900, 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

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

      • Generazione Critica #2, Danilo Montanari Editore, Ravenna, Italy, April 2015;

Catalogues

    • 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, Germany, April 2015;
    • 6PM Your Local Time, Link Art Center, Brescia, Italy, Italy, July 2015;
    • Circulation(s), Festival de la jeune Photographie Européenne, Fetart, Paris, France, January 2015;
    • 98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy, December 2014;
    • Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary photography, Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, Treviso, Italy, November 2014;
    • Leading personality disease, Campanotto editore, Trieste, Italy, May 2014;
    • Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary art, Fondazione Fabbri, Treviso, Italy, November 2013;
    • Unstable territory. Borders and identity in contemporary art, Mandragora, Florence, Italy, October 2013;
    • Combat Prize, Sillabe, Livorno, Italy, September 2013.

COLLECTIONS

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