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Ivan Sigal: Karachi Circular Railway

January 24 – April 8, 2018
Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, Ryerson Image Centre
Curator: Paul Roth

Ivan Sigal is an American photographer, writer, and media producer, known for his documentary explorations of societies undergoing conflict or political transition. Displayed on the RIC’s Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, Sigal’s multi-channel installation KCR explores the Karachi Circular Railway, a now-defunct commuter train that once connected the disparate neighbourhoods of Pakistan’s largest metropolis. Walking its entire length, he made digital stills and video, written observations, audio recordings, and aerial drone footage. His complex array of impressions, at odds with standard media narratives of the city’s historical turmoil, contrasts the railway’s derelict structures and disordered surroundings against the enduring tenacity of Karachi’s residents.

Ivan Sigal created KCR while a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, with funding support from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.


Opening Party
Wednesday, January 24
6:00–8:00 PM

Exhibition Tours
Daily 2:30 PM

All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre, unless otherwise noted

An overpass with a lot of garbage underneath it
Fig. 1

Ivan Sigal, Informal housing, Footbridge near Orangi Town Station, Karachi, Pakistan. Still image from KCR, 2014-2015, nine-channel multimedia installation. Courtesy of the artist

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