Amani Kites was a public art project in Nairobi, Kenya created through the smARTpower Program – an initiative of the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State (2012). 15 U.S. artists were selected to create community-based art projects in 15 countries around the world.

Luciano worked with artists and communities in Nairobi, Kenya where participants created large-scale, handmade kites featuring life-sized photographic self-portraits. As participants flew their kites they raised their own likeness into the sky above, forming the basis of a series of conversations about flying and freedom. The project continued in 2014 with support from Art Matters and the Lambent Foundation, and has continued to expand locally thorugh the artists at Wajukuu - a commununity-based arts organization in Nairobi.

Miguel Luciano Amani Kites Amani Kites, Nairobi, Kenya.
Sela and Adi
2012
Amani Kites, Nairobi, Kenya.
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites Rift Vallery / Nairobi, Kenya.
Karanja launching Jackson, 2014
photo: James Muriuki
Rift Vallery / Nairobi, Kenya.
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites Rift Vallery / Nairobi, Kenya.
Joyce making her kite.
2014
Rift Vallery / Nairobi, Kenya.
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites Rift Vallery / Nairobi, Kenya.
Naisola, Abigail and their father making kite.
2014
Rift Vallery / Nairobi, Kenya.
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites Rift Vallery / Nairobi, Kenya.
David and Fredrick making kite.
2014
Rift Vallery / Nairobi, Kenya.
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites Nairobi, Kenya.
Magua poses for his kite portrait.
2014
Nairobi, Kenya.
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites Nairobi, Kenya.
Magua and his portrait.
2014
Nairobi, Kenya.
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites Rift Vallery / Nairobi, Kenya.
Making Evelyn's kite.
2014
Rift Vallery / Nairobi, Kenya.
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites photo: James Muriuki
Naisola
2014
photo: James Muriuki
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites photo: James Muriuki
Nema
2014
photo: James Muriuki
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites photo: James Muriuki
Beatrice
2014
photo: James Muriuki
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites photo: James Muriuki
Jackson
2014
photo: James Muriuki
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites
John launches Jackson, 2014
Rift Vallery / Nairobi, Kenya.
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites
Amani Kites, 2014
Rift Vallery / Nairobi, Kenya.
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites
Mary and Karanja, kite tails. 2014
photo: James Muriuki
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites
Mary and kite tails, 2014
photo: James Muriuki
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites
Googs launching Mary, 2014
photo: James Muriuki
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites photo: James Muriuki
Johnte
2014
photo: James Muriuki
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites
Karanja, 2014
photo: James Muriuki
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites
Naisola flying kite, 2014
photo: James Muriuki
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites
Freisha and Jackson
2014
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites
Nancy and her kite, 2014
photo: James Muriuki
Miguel Luciano Amani Kites photo: James Muriuki
Wilson
2014
photo: James Muriuki
Amani Kites (Peace Kites), 2012
smARTpower Documentary, Kenya
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