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Karachi Circular Railway Featured at Ryerson Image Centre

Event Date:

January 12, 2018 - April 8, 2018 | 8:00 AM EST


Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street
Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall

Toronto, ON M5B 1E9

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...

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Tehmina Maknojia’s kinetic swings. Image by Humayun Memon. Pakistan, 2015.

The multi-channel installation, KCR, stemming from the Pulitzer Center-supported project, The Karachi Circular Railway by Ivan Sigal, in on display at the Ryerson Image Centre gallery in Toronto, Canada, until Sunday, April 8, 2018. Tours of this installation are given daily at 2:30 pm. 

Sigal's multi-channel installation spans nine different screens and gives viewers the chance to explore the abandoned commuter train that once connected the divergent neighborhoods of Pakistan's largest metropolitan area. Sigal compiled video, photography, field notes, and audio recordings while walking the entire length of the railway, now all a part of this multimedia display.

The Karachi Circular Railway first opened in 1969, during an era of optimistic urban planning that included model townships and ambitious construction projects for urban poor and recent migrants. Today, land mafias that are tied by political patronage, ethnic and sectarian affiliation control communities and their development, and apportion resources in the context of political violence.

Sigal is the executive director of Global Voices, a non-profit online global citizen media initiative, and supports similar projects around the world. He spent over ten years in the former Soviet Union and Asia, where he designed and implemented dozens of media assistance projects focusing on conflict, humanitarian disaster, and transitional societies. He has lived, worked and traveled in over 80 countries.