Jen Smith

Free Kisses for Allies

Free Kisses for Allies is a participatory performance that challenges passersby to take on the identity of an “ally” in order to receive a free kiss from an artist manning a makeshift kissing booth. The color of lipstick the artist applies to administer each kiss represents a certain marginalized group. Passersby choose their color with the express knowledge that they will be allying themselves to the color’s corresponding group. The kiss, typically an act of affection or love, transforms in this performance into a symbol of a transaction—the receipt of a staged and coerced moment of empathy.


October 11 – 12

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55-99 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011, USA
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Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12 from 2-5pm on the north side of 14th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.