The Cool Couple

The Cute and the Useful


This book marks the end of a four-year research we began as part of an artist residency at Nirox Foundation, South Africa. During our stay in the country, we literally stumbled into the idea of conservation by utilization, a principle that ensures the survival of animal species through the commodification of their individuals. In South Africa, lions, elephants, rhinos, impalas, wildebeests, to name a few, are assets, owned and managed by private or public parties. This system, usually referred to as wildlife industry, made South Africa the only nation in the continent where wild animals thrive, despite threats like climate change and poaching.
The Cool Couple

The publication collects texts by The Cool Couple, Ashley Dawson, T. J. Demos, Jason W. Moore, Fred Pearce, and Alberta Romano, as part of the larger project The Cute and the Useful – including a film and an educational program – promoted by Careof, in cultural partnership with Nirox Foundation and MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna.

The book was realized thanks to the support of the Italian Council (8th edition, 2020), a program for the international promotion of Italian art of the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture.

  • 11 x 17 cm
  • 189
  • EN
  • 2023
  • 978-88-8056-177-4