• Title: Kiki: Let’s Talk About Sex
  • Designer: Alex Uballe
  • Course(s): ARTD 4070
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  • Award: Dominick and Kelly Labino Art + Technology Award // BFA Senior Thesis Show // 2018

Kiki: Let’s Talk About Sex

Kiki is a term that stems from Black and Latino gay social culture used as an onomatopoeia for laughter but now has been adopted by the entire gay community to mean a gathering of friends with the intent to gossip and chitchat. Once again re-contextualizing the terms intended purpose, Kiki is being used to signify a safe easily accessed space for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with mom (MSM) to confidently find vital information about their healthy sex lives.

No one really talks about it, but sexually transmissible infections (STIs) are extremely common among young people, especially in the gay bisexual, or other MSM communities. It is not because they are the only people that run the risk of contracting an SIT, anyone who is sexually active runs the risk of getting one; it is because there is a lack of education on the safe same-sex. Along with challenging access and information, there is also a stigma. This taboo of openly talking about is at the heart in the creation of this work. Everyone needs a Kiki!