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The Big Picture: Exploring Mexico's abandoned railways in a homemade 'spaceship'


When artists Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene decided to explore Mexico's abandoned railways, they wanted one vehicle that could ride on road and track. The result is the Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada, aka SEFT-1 (above). The vehicle allows Puig and Padilla to travel on between, and on the tracks while taking pictures, recording video and interviewing locals. The goal of the project is to highlight the impact that the failed railway between Mexico City and the Atlantic had on local communities, many of which are now extremely isolated. SEFT-1 will be presented at an exhibition in London until July 27th. Much of the media and journeys are also documented on a the project's website.

[Image credits: Puig, Padilla, The Arts Catalyst and Furtherfield]

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