Rights Activist and Curator/Founder-Director of the Nomad Gallery
Nageen Hyat is a Rights Activist, Curator and Founder-Director of the Nomad Gallery. Established in 1984 in Islamabad, Nomad’s mission is to promote the rich heritage of Pakistan through art and culture, crafts development, human rights, and peace. Its program “Art for Social Change” has made major contributions in creating awareness and providing skills training and income generation schemes for artists and members of various communities. Another program, “Shanaakht – A Nomad Forum for the Arts,” is a voluntary group involved in fund-raising, art workshops, film screenings, talks, and presentations that offer a platform for fledgling artists, poets and writers. Ms. Hyat is also the executive producer of “Shanaakht-mein houn zindagi,” a 13 episode program that focuses on women, professions, culture and taboos. Launched in 2009 by the Pakistan Television Corp, the program has been aired both in Pakistan and abroad. She is currently working on the documentary, “Rediscovering Greater Chitral,” which focuses on the culture, festivals and lifestyle of the people of Chitral and Kalasha Valleys in Northern Pakistan. Ms. Hyat is a founding member of the Women’s Action Forum (WAF) Islamabad-Rawalpindi Chapter, and has served on the forum for many years. She has been recognized by Amnesty International-Canada for her services as a volunteer for Human Rights.