More than me. Less than you is a traveling sound piece that was developed during a residency at VASL in Pakistan. VASL is part of the Triangle Arts Trust. The work traveled through the streets of Karachi, stopping at various residential, official and commercial sites.

Inspired by the time I spent in Pakistan and conversations with local artists I wrote a text that was later translated into Urdu by Narjis Mirza. I recorded Narjis reading the Urdu version of the text. For one day, her reading was continuously played through four large speakers installed on the top of a truck. Political messages and advertisements are often delivered in such way in Pakistan, but it is aways male voice reading a text, never female. This time, people gathered around the truck to listen to Narjis’ soft voice, bus drivers and motorbikes followed the truck when the work was on the move ...

Images of the work travelling trough Karachi:

Documentation of the More than me. Less than you  was exhibited at the Port Grand Gallery in Karachi.

Work was presented as a video installation consisting of two screens. The first showed text written both in English and Urdu. The second screen presented the video recording of the  sound piece travelling through Karachi, with an Urdu voice over.

Stills from the video documentation of the work:


Magda Fabianczyk – who also installed two video installations at Port Grand on Sunday – monitored a roving truck that travelled around Karachi, blaring from speakers the Urdu script of a female voice reciting a text that Fabianczyk produced on the workshop. This text, like her video installations, examined issues of class, privilege and communication, and like much of Fabianczyk’s work, was based on an attempt to establish dialogues and convivial relationships between disparate groups of people, therefore examining issues of illusion, intervention, privilege, and understanding.        

                                                                                                                                                             Gemma Sharp