Ribeira, Galicia

As part of a diversity gathering promoted by Asociación AMBAR and other local social organizations, a Before I Die wall was installed in on a busy street in the center of Ribeira in Galicia, an autonomous region in Spain. Early in the morning, the panels were mounted on the dilapidated facade of an old tavern, temporarily repurposing it for something more stimulating and inspiring. Passersby began to take the chalk to respond to this invitation to open their thoughts to the world. By the afternoon, it was fully covered.

The activity around the wall generated a lively atmosphere as people of all ages came to look, take photographs, and express their surprise and sympathy while they contemplated the responses others had shared. “We believe that placing the Before I Die wall in the context of promoting diversity, inclusion, and equality has been a beautiful opportunity for people to have a free and meaningful space to express themselves,” said J. Antonio Nóvoa, who organized the event with Asociación AMBAR. “The prompt on the wall invited passersby to participate in an ephemeral moment of emotional expression. Magnificent.”

I want to feel loved.

I want to see my land free.

I want to dance.

I want to have someone fall in love with me.

I want to be by your side.

I want to travel through America.

I want to have people say that I am a reliable man.

I want to see a happy world.

I want to slim down.

I want to live without fear of death.

I want to become water.

I want to read all the books I have.

Built by J. Antonio Nóvoa with Asociación AMBAR

July 2017