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Pulitzer Center Update March 22, 2018

Pulitzer Center Project on Pakistan Showcased Around the World

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Karachi Circular Railway walkover. Image by Ivan Sigal. Nazimabad, Karachi, 2014.

An investigation of Karachi's urban development, tracing a defunct public transport route to explore...

Tracks Under Karachi Port Trust Interchange, Karachi, Pakistan. Image from KCR, by Ivan Sigal. Pakistan, 2014-2017.
Tracks under Karachi Port Trust Interchange, Karachi, Pakistan. Image from KCR, by Ivan Sigal. Pakistan, 2014-2017.

In his project, The Karachi Circular Railway, Pulitzer Center grantee Ivan Sigal investigates Karachi's urban development using a defunct public transport railway to explore stories about the city's growth, its urban present, its rural past, and its possible futures. Sigal's multi-channel installation, "KCR, exploring the Karachi Circular Railway," was featured in The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and has been shown in numerous exhibits around the world: 

  • Hackathon and Screening, POV Hackathon Five. May 12 2014, New York, New York. POV is "television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films" and is a PBS-sponsored series.
  • Cambridge Science Fair showcased a nine-channel interactive version of the installation project at Harvard University's Fogg Museum of Art, April 20, 2015. It was shown again on July 8, 2015, at Harvard's Fogg Museum of Art, as a part of Beautiful Data, a summer workshop supported by the Getty Foundation.
  • Build Peace, a conference on peace and technology, showcased the nine-channel interactive version as well in Nicosia, Cyprus, April 25-26, 2015.
  • A single channel video version of the project was shown in Numaish Karachi – Urban Interventions in Public Space, made up of "over two dozen installations and artefacts created by designers, artists, filmmakers, scientists and engineers." The project was shown in three locations around Karachi, Pakistan over a two-month period in April and May, 2015.
  • ACR Magazine hosted an Artist Talk and Installation, "White Road, KCR and Nonlinear Narrative in Arts," on October 6, 2015, at Alice Yard, Trinidad. Giving an informal talk, Sigal discssued, "his photography and reporting projects, the compulsion to document, and how photographs can find truths behind the grand narratives of nations and official histories."
  • On May 5-29, 2016, the nine-channel interactive version of the project was shown at Unfinished, a festival of visual arts at the Bucharest National Theatre in Bucharest, Romania.
  • Sigal's project was also shown at Just Another Photo Festival, "a guerrilla photography, film and new media festival that democratizes visual media...". It was shown November 3-6, 2016, in Varanasi, India.
  • The Carey Institute for Global Good showcased the project at their event, What Does War Look Like: Three Perspectives on Photographing Conflict, December 6, 2016, in Rensselaerville, New York.
  • His work was also a part of the Camden International Film Festival, hosted by the The Points North Institute, September 13-17, 2017, Camden, Maine. The Institute is a, "launching pad for the next generation of nonfiction storytellers."
  • The project was shown for the second consecutive year at the Just Another Photo Festival, December 21-24, 2017, in Kolkata, India.
  • Now, in Toronto Canada, Sigal's project is on display at the Ryerson Image Centre, The exhibit opened January 24, 2018 and will remain open till April 8, 2018. You can read more about the exhibit on the Ryerson Image Centre website.