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Cool Couple
1986. Lives and works in Milan.

The Cool Couple are a duo founded in 2012 by Niccolò Benetton (1986) and Simone Santilli (1987). Their research, drawing on people’s everyday relationships with images, is an attempt to highlight short circuits in the collective imagination. The idea that photography is a collective form of behaviour has led TCC to make use of a wide range of languages, ranging from video to installation. Their work has been displayed at MLZ Art Dep, Museo del Novecento, Green Cube Gallery, Festival Internazionale della Fotografia of Padova, Škuc Gallery, Autostrada Biennale, Fotopub Repet, Art Stays Festival, Galleria Civica di Trento, Galleria Umberto di Marino, MAMbo, Spazio Contemporaneo (Brescia), CCC Strozzina, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, the Unseen Photography Fair, the Circulations Festival and at Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles. In 2014 they were shortlisted for the Kassel Photobook Festival Award, winning the Francesco Fabbri Prize for contemporary photography and a study grant at the Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa in Venice. In 2015, they were selected for the Plat(t)form programme at the Fotomuseum in Winterthur, and were nominated for the Discovery Award at the Festival Les Rencontres d’Arles. In October 2015, they were awarded the Graziadei Prize for contemporary photography, exhibiting during the Festival Fotografia in Rome at the MACRO, and in December they were among the ten finalists for the Artevisione Prize, promoted by Care/of and Sky. The Cool Couple is represented by the Metronom Gallery of Modena and MLZ Art Dep of Trieste.


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