The Cool Couple

The Cool Couple

Niccolò Benetton, Arzignano (VI) - Italy, 1986 and Simone Santilli, Portogruaro (VE) - Italy, 1987.
They live and work in Milan, Italy.


awards

 

2019

Johannesburg Prize - Italian Institute of Culture of Pretoria

 

2018

Fuji Film University

 

2017

Premio Fotografia Under 40 - Art Verona 2017, Verona, Italy
Euromobil Under 30 Award - Artefiera 2017, Bologna, Italy

 
2016
Premio Level 0, Museo del Novecento di Milano, Italy
 
2015
Primo premio, Premio Graziadei, Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Rome, Italy
Nomination, Discovery Award, Les Rencontres des Arles, Arles, France
 
2014
Primo premio, Premio Francesco Fabbri per le arti contemporanee, contemporary photography section, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo (TV), Italy
Primo premio per la borsa di studio, 98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy
Shortlist, Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary photography, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo (TV), Italy
Shortlist, Kassel Photobook Award, Kassel, Germany
 
2013
Shortlist, Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary art, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo (TV), Italy
Menzione della giuria, Combat Prize, Livorno, Italy
 

in residence

2017
Kūldiga Artist Residency - Kūldiga, Latvia
 
2016
Nirox Sculpture Park - Johannesburg, South Africa
 
2015
Laboratorio con Lara Favaretto, Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte, Banna (TO), Italy
Plat(t)form program, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
 
2014
Urban Symphonies, Exposed Project, DOCVA, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy
 
2012
Leggerecittà, Treviso, Italy

 
solo exhibitions

 

2019

Emozioni Mondiali, MLZ Art Dep, Trieste

 

2018

 

Time Travel Stuff - Unseen Photo Fair, Amsetrdam

2015
Premio Graziadei, Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, MACRO, Rome, Italy
Discovery Award, Les Rencontres des Arles, Parc des Ateliers, Arles, France
 

selected group exhibitions

 

2019

Everyday life, Galleria Civica di Trento

2018

Galleria Umberto di Marino, Napoli

That's IT - Mambo, curated by Luca Balbi, Bologna

Contemporary Locus, curated by Paola Tognon, Bergamo

Talking (about) Images, curated by Francesca Lazzarini and Marta Rovetta, Galerija Kortil, Rijeka, Croatia
Stati di tensione | Percorsi nelle collezioni,curated by Carlo Sala, Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Villa Ghirlanda, Cinisello Balsamo, Milan, Italy
Arte Fiera, MLZ Art Dep, Bologna, Italy


2017
The Book is on the Screen, curated by Valeria Raho, O' SoundOhm, Milano
Alchimie. Works Where Business and Art Meet, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Palazzetto Tito, Venice, Italy
Art Verona, MLZ Art Dep, Verona, Italy
Co-op Unseen, curated by Lars Willumeit, Transformatorhuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Teatrum Botanicum – Emerging Talents 2017, PAV, Turin, Italy
Short Circuit, Terminal 3 – OK Corral, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
2010.2015 / notes on italian videoart, curated by Andrea Bruciati, Palazzo Valmarana, Vicenza, Italy
Antologia, Metronom, Modena, Italy
Dadaclub.online: the Exhibition, Spazio Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy
POIUYT. Punto Zero. Pratiche critiche nella fotografia contemporanea italiana,
curated by Francesca Lazzarini and Gaia Tedone, MLZ Art Dep, Trieste, Italy


2016
Sublimina, Museo delle Mura Aureliane, Rome, Italy
Art Verona, MLZ Art Dep, Verona, Italy
Premio Graziadei, MACRO, Rome, Italy
Unseen Festival, Amesterdam, The Netherlands
Short Circuit, Stryx, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Good night, and good luck, A plus A, Venice, Italy
Sulla Nuova Fotografia Italiana, Viasaterna, Milan, Italy
TOAST!, Atelier Salzamt, Linz, Austria
La disfatta dell’immagine, TRA, Treviso, Italy
 
2015
Unseen Festival, Barber, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fotopub festival, Novo Mesto, Slovenia
Exposed Project, Forma Meravigli, Milan, Italy
6PM Your Local Time, LINK Center, Brescia, Italy
Progetto Nord-Est, Festival F4, Fondazione Fabbri, Pieve di Soligo (TV), Italy
Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market in Venice, Galleria A+A, Venice, Italy
Italia Happening, Salon für Kunstbuch, Vienna, Austria
Circulation(s), festival de la jeune photographie européenne, Centquatre, Paris, France
 
2014
Sinfonie Urbane, Exposed project e DOCVA, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy
98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy
Premio Francesco Fabbri per la fotografia contemporanea, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo (TV), Italy
In Between, METRONOM, Modena, Italy
Unseen Photography Fair, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Straybooks festival, Red Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Kassel Photobook Dummy Award, Athens, Cologne, Dublin, Madrid, Milan, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Derby
Leading personality disease, MLZ Art Dep, Trieste, Italy
Twist in the tail, METRONOM gallery, Modena, Italy
Fear of the dark, BLUorG, Bari, Italy
 
2013
Premio Francesco Fabbri, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo(TV), Italy
The Fuffy Wipe Case, episode I. A handful of dust, Offprint, Beaux Arts de Paris, Paris, France
Territori instabili. Confini e identità nell’arte contemporanea, CCC Strozzina, Firenze, Italy
SCREENINGS 2015 The Third Chimpanzee, Treviso 2012, Watching by Washing, Lavanderia Jefferson, Lecce, Italy
The Third Chimpanzee, Treviso 2012, FIF, International Belo Horizonte Photography Festival, Belo Horizonte, Brasil
 
2012
The Fuffy Wipe Case, episode II. Chemtrails (homage to Beck), CulT – Salone della Cultura, Venice, Italy
The Third Chimpanzee, Bari 2014, MIC, Milano, Italy
The Fuffy Wipe Case, episode II. Chemtrails (homage to Beck), TRA Treviso Ricerca Arte, Treviso, Italy


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pubblications
 
Monografie Approximation to the West, Editions du Lic, Norvegia, 2016
The Fuffy Wipe Case I. A handful of dust, self published, 2015
Cataloghi Les Rencontres des Arles 2015, Les Rencontres des Arles, Arles, Francia 2015
Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Fotografia Festival, Roma 2015
Fotopub festival, Fotopub festival, Slovenia 2015
6PM Your Local Time, LINK Art Center, Italia 2015
Circulation(s), Fetart, Paris, Francia, 2015
98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italia, 2014
Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary photography, Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, Treviso, Italia, 2014
Leading personality disease, Campanotto editore, MLZ Art Dep,Trieste, Italia, 2014
Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary art, Fondazione Fabbri, Treviso, Italia, 2013
Unstable territory. Borders and identity in contemporary art, Mandragora, Firenze, Italia, 2013
Combat Prize, Sillabe, Livorno, Italia, 2013

 
magazines
 
“Unseen Magazine #2”, Amsterdam; 2014
“Unseen Magazine” #1, Amsterdam; 2014
“YET magazine” #6, Lugano; 2014
“Artribune” n. 17, Milano

 

The Cool Couple, Karma Fails, Meditation Rocks®, Air   2017, Diasec® 4+3 mm, cm 100 x 70
The Cool Couple, Karma Fails, Meditation Rocks®, Fire   2017, Diasec® 4+3 mm, cm 100 x 70
The Cool Couple, Emozioni Mondiali, 2018, installation view
The Cool Couple, Documenta 13 - Emozioni Mondiali, 2018, Enamel on canvas, cm 146 x 146
The Cool Couple, Skull - Time Travel Stuff, 2018, inkjet print on fine art paper, 70 x 55 cm
The Cool Couple, Woods - Time Travel Stuff, 2018, inkjet print on fine art paper, cm 70 x 55