Before I Die I Want To…is a collaborative Project by artists KS Rives and Nicole Kenney. It was inspired by a combination of factors: (1) the “death” of the Polaroid, (2) a passion to inspire people to think about and act upon what is truly important in their lives through this simple question and (3) a psychologist’s tool called “safety contracts”. KS and Nicole take portraits of individuals saying what they want to do before they die, getting them in the act of stating their desire. The subjects then write this desire in their own handwriting on the Polaroid. They have recently returned from a 3-month tour of India. They hit the road (along with the zooming motorcycles, rickshaws, and cows) on a quest to ask the people of India, “what do you want to do before you die?”

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