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The Cool Couple


Niccolò Benetton was born in 1986 in Arzignano, Italy.
He lives and works in Milan, Italy.

Simone Santilli was born in 1987 in Portogruaro, Italy.
He lives and works in Milan, Italy.


The Cool Couple is an artist duo founded in late 2012 by Niccolò Nenetton and Simone Santilli. Their work focuses on the daily relationships people have with various forms of collective representations, in an attempt to highlight the friction points in contemporary imagery.

The idea of photography as a collective behavior leads the artists to the use of a variety
of languages, ranging from video installation to sculpture. The Cool Couple’s work has been exhibited at CCC Strozzina (Florence), Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice), Unseen Photography Fair(Amsterdam), and Circulations Festival (Centquatre, Paris).
In 2014, they won the Francesco Fabbri Award for contemporary photography and were shortlisted at Kassel fotobook Festival.


Francesco Zanot presented Paola Pasquaretta and The Cool Couple  at The Discouvery Award at the Rencontres d’Arles 2015.


Portrait: courtesy of the artists.