Caption:  Artist Miguel Luciano and DREAMers (undocumented youths) launching DREAMer Lizbeth’s kite on November 4, 2012 in front of the Washington Monument and White House on the National Mall in Washington DC. (all images courtesy of the artist unless noted)



If art is about showing us new visions of what is possible in the world, Miguel Luciano’s DREAMer Kites project allows us to envision an America in which young people, including undocumented immigrants, can soar in the sky and fly like superheroes. Among many things, Luciano’s project is about dreams — the dream of flying and freedom, the American Dream and the need for federal passage of the highly politicized DREAM Act (“Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors” Act).

DREAMer Lisbeth’s kite in the sky above Washington Monument

On November 4, 2012, a few days before the presidential election, neither of the candidates nor many in the national media were discussing immigration issues or what kind of an impact the Latino vote would have on the outcome of the presidential election. On this cold, windy day, artist Luciano and a group of undocumented students gathered to fly enormous hand-built kites they had made themselves and decorated with life-sized photo self-portraits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. As each kite soared in the sky above the White House and the Washington Monument, each youth appeared to be flying or hovering in the sky among these symbols of American power and freedom.

Curator Raquel de Anda launching DREAMer Noemi’s kite