Nauchy Nauchy uff Thu Faaney

Nisa Khan

Nauchy Nauchy uff Thu Faaney not only suggests the historic impact of colonialism upon the Tawaif (courtesan) whose Mujra’s (dance performances) were once enjoyed by Mughal emperors and aristocrats. It also bears connections with contemporary South-Asian and underground British popular cultures. These (mujra’s) live performances are often directed towards all male, working-class audiences but televised internationally where they are enjoyed by a variety of people in the privacy of their homes.


Appropriated sound and footage extracted from Pakistani live performance as well as both Indian and Pakistani cinema lures the viewer into a false sense of Indianness and exoticness. The film aims to challenge misconceptions surrounding South-Asian women and, Pakistani women. Repetition of imagery to frame and highlight moments rich in masculine gestures and sexual innuendo; challenging the perception of the brown-female body as both a carrier of hyperbolic femininity and its disconnection to sex and sexiness.

About the Artist

Nisa Khan

Nisa Khan is a practicing artist from Derby, she has recently graduated from the University of Derby’s BA Fine Art programme, where she received the Cavendish Arts Society Award. Khan is currently studying an MA in Fine Art as UAL’s Chelsea College of Arts. Khan’s recent work Nauchy Nauchy uff Thu Faaney was shortlisted and received an award for the Leeds Summer group show. 


Summer 2019, Khan was an artist in residence at the Artcore Gallery, where she explored cultural identity and hybridity through material processes. These works culminated in a two-person show called No Matter How Strong. 


Since then, Khan has created an extensive body of work. Some of these works have been shown at New Art Exchanges, NAE OPEN 2019. More recently, these works have been exhibited at Sunny Bank Mills annual show, Ones to Watch 2020, where Khan has been awarded a month-long residency and studio space. 


Previously, Khan has participated in site-specific projects which have been presented as live performances. In 2019, Khan performed restriction | persistence at the National Justice Museum which responded the prisons historic culture of hard labour. These explorations led to a 3-day live performance intervention Bouncing off Walls, in which Khan performed acts of hard labour, doing and undoing thousands of metres of twine in silence. The video documentation of this work is currently part of National Justice Museums, Constraint Restraint exhibition.