18 June 2024 08:15:00
c/o careof

Organizzazione non profit per l'arte contemporanea

c/o careof

Nicoletta Grillo • Caro amore

Curated by Marta Cereda, Alessio D'Ellena, Diego Mayon

01.03.2022 - 19.03.2022
Tuesday - Saturday 14.30 – 18.30

Special event: 07.03.2022, h 18.30 presentation of Nicoletta Grillo’s book “Noi” (“Us”) published by Boîte Editions and conversation with the artist, together with Federica Boragina, Giulia Brivio, and Francesca Pasini.

The exhibition is open to the public in accordance with the current Covid-19 rules, upon presentation of a super green pass.

Careof presents “Caro amore” (“Dear Love”) by Nicoletta Grillo, on display in Milan from 1 March to 19 March 2022.

“Dear love, maybe we could live a love stripped from any ownership?”
The sentence that inspired the title of the exhibition curated by Marta Cereda, Alessio D'Ellena, and Diego Mayon can be found in a notebook belonging to Marisa Licini, the artist’s mother. A box also held around forty film roll negatives and a thousand photographs, carefully sorted by year, place, and subject. These photographs were shot at the end of the 1970s and show moments of private life, as well as protests for women’s rights, but also houses, public squares, faces, and bodies.

Nicoletta Grillo found these pictures after her mother passed away. They allowed her to discover her personal history and gain a better understanding of collective history: through a rereading and reworking of the photographs, “Caro amore” is a new way to look at a young girl’s daily life during the Seventies, at her relationships and their connection to the political issues of the time, from protests for rights and abortion law to the discovery of freedom and the affirmation of one’s identity. Far from being outdated, these fragments, images, and words resonate by bringing together multiple people: protesters, friends, lovers, and the public. For the artist, this diversity is at the center of any relationship, the starting point for a reflection not only on women’s situation but on humanity as a whole. 

The project has also been adapted into a book published by Boîte Editions under the title “Noi”.
“Noi" is a photobook which reveals the confident look of a generation of women who would do anything to change, as well as the intimate gaze of she who, having only just turned twenty, was trying to find her own identity in shared ideals, but also the private curiosity of another woman whose eyes, searching through a box found hidden at home, discovered intertwined lives.


Nicoletta Grillo (1991) studied architecture at Politecnico di Milano and photography at CFP Bauer in Milan. She works with photography, writing, and performance to deal with the social landscape from a gender-informed perspective. Since 2018, she has been doing a double doctorate with the Architecture and Urban studies department at Politecnico di Milano (IT) and the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography, Art and Visual Culture at KU Leuven (BE), in which she’s conducting theoretical and practical research on the possibilities offered by photography for the representation and imagination of border landscapes.


Marisa Licini (1958-2018) graduated in 1978 at ISA Istituto Statale d'Arte di Monza, where Ugo la Pietra and AG Fronzoni used to teach at the time. After a brief period in which she focused exclusively on photography, she enrolled in Monza’s school for nurses and became first a nurse, then a healthcare assistant. She devoted most of her career to advocating for health education and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases in a work unit created following the spread of HIV.