Who

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 is a multi-disciplinary approach to the friction points generated in the relationship between people and images.
TCC loves teaching, because it’s good karma to share. They are lecturers at NABA in Milan and Course Leaders of the BA in Visual Arts at MADE Program, Syracuse.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Solo exhibitions

2020

  • Let’s Not Be Honest, NEUTRO, Reggio Emilia, curated by Andrea della Valle and Matteo Messori;

2019

  • Emozioni Mondiali, MLZ Art Dep, Trieste, curated by Francesca Lazzarini;

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)

2021

  • Photo Open Up, curated by Carlo Sala, Musei Civici Agli Eremitani, Padova, Italy;
  • Spazio Leonardo loves A-Collection, curated by Chiara Casarin, Spazio Leonardo, Milan, Italy;
  • Subterranean Virtualscapes, curated by Virginia Bianchi, Virginia Bianchi Gallery, Bologna, Italy;
  • Every Artist, curated by Aaron Lister, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand;
  • Chi Non Salta. Calcio, cultura, identità, curated by Matteo Balduzzi, MuFoCo, Cinisello Balsamo, Italy;
  • The Families of Man, curated by Elio Grazioli and Walter Guadagnini, Museo Archeologico Regionale, Aosta, Italy;
  • Italian Twist, curated by Elisa Carollo and Mattia Solari, Fondazione Imago Mundi, Treviso, Italy;

2020

  • Abnormal, curated by Thee Whistler, Tbilisi Biennal, Tbilisi, Georgia;
  • La Via della Seta. Arte e Artisti contemporanei dall’Italia, curated by Angela Tecce and IGAV, Beijing – Millennium Art Museum (China), Xi’An  – Xi’an Art Museum (China), Yerevan  –  Hay Art Gallery (Armenia), Tbilisi  – Tbilisi History Museum (Georgia), Ankara – Cermodern Museum (Turkey), Sofia – National Art Gallery (Bulgaria), Chisinau – National Art Museum (Moldavia);

2019

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

2021

  • Flyin’ High, Milan Machinima Festival, curated by Matteo Bittanti, online streaming;

2020

  • Emozioni Mondiali, in Abnormal Stories, Tbilisi Architecture Biennial, curated by Abnormal, online streaming;

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

2020

  • Winner, Italian Council, 8th Edition, MIBACT, Rome, Italy;
  • Winner, Artevisione, Careof and Sky Arte, Milan, Italy;
  • Winner, Bonotto Award, Artefiera and Fondazione Bonotto, Bologna, Italy;

2019

  • Winner, Premio Johannesburg, IIC Pretoria and MIBAC, Johannesburg, South Africa;

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

2019

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

  • I Quaderni della Farnesina, 2. Arte e tecnologia del terzo millennio. Scenari e protagonisti, a cura di Cesare Biagini Selvaggi e Valentino Catricalà, Electa 2020;
  • Metafotografia, Sara Benaglia, Mauro Zanchi editors, Skinnerboox, Jesi, September 2019;
  • 222 Artisti emergenti su cui investire, Exibart, Rome, September 2017;
  • Generazione Critica #2, Danilo Montanari Editore, Ravenna, Italy, April 2015;

Catalogues

  • Stati di Tensione, Silvana Editoriale, September 2021;
  • Contemporary Locus, Quodlibet, October 2020;
  • Everyday Life, MART, September 2019;
  • Every Breath You Take, Galleria Umberto di Marino, Naples, February 2019;
  • RE.USE, scarti, oggetti, ecologia nell’arte contemporaneaTRA Treviso Ricerca Arte, Treviso, October 2018;
  • 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, Essecollection.