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Patina Maldives Presents Life Energy – An Ongoing Collaborative Project with Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar

Patina Maldives is welcoming the visionary master artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar to complete a residency at the resort!

During his time at the resort, Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar is set to unveil a Life Energy. This is his new body of miniature ‘Living Paintings’, created during his time in Patina Maldives‘ fertile Fari Art Atelier. The exhibition and art sale are set to take place in Patina Maldives in July. The sales proceeds are to be donated to finding local marine conservation.

About Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar’s Life Energy

Life Energy is the third major chapter of Pathways, a distinguished event series at Patina Maldives. These pieces are designed to stimulate enduring personal transformations, introduce New Life Habits, and inspire creativity, growth, rest and connection the the lives of guests. This series debuted last year with Experience as Healing – an event bringing together a variety of wellness and spiritual practices. The French-Iranian artist’s creative practices have gone through a transformation over the past few years. He merges artistry with sustainability and meditation in search of a deep connection with nature, energy and human evolution.

Committed to preservation, Sassan now predominantly uses pigments sourced mainly from minerals, wood, roots, flowers, rocks, and soil.

This new series focuses on enhancing the connection with the self mind, body and soul, and bringing our energies, consciousness and life perspectives together as one – a true step towards a necessary human evolution, and shared core value between Patina’s ideology and the philosophy behind my ownn creative practice. Life energy is the secret behind the human health. Only by feeling the energy are we able to understand the connection between our mind, body, and the importance f living in harmony with nature. When I paint using only natural and sustainably sourced materials from our planet, my soul feels truly alive and connected. As beings living in a modern yet destructive world, we cannot hope to create a sustinable culture for the next generation without a shift in our approach. Without this necessary change, we continue to destabilise the planetary system we rely on as human beings. The damage to our blue home mirrors that in our socities. As a creative human being, it is my duty today to push forth via my work the understanding that humanity, nature, and progress should and can coexist together, says Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar.

As Life Energy returns to its origins at Patina Maldives in July, guests can gather for an exclusive exhibition and art sale. The event will also include the unveiling of a large-scale, site-specific ‘Living Painting’. Sassan created these paintings behind closed doors in his Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat atelier, as the latest addition to Patina Maldives’ permanent art collection.

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The first-ever Sea-to-Air Cargo Transshipment Commenced in the Maldives!

Velana Airport has announced the first-ever sea-to-air cargo transshipment along with Turkish Airlines, Maldives Ports Limited and Maldives Customs Service. This major step in cargo transhipment in the Maldives was celebrated on the 17th of May at the airport.

The  MoU for the ‘Sea to Air’ cargo transshipment services were signed earlier this year, on March 30th. With this, Turkish Airlines became the cargo partner to facilitate the service along with the Maldives Ports Limited (MPL).

With the transshipment service, MPL can easily transport goods through both seas as well as air travel. In addition to catering to the needs of businesses and industries in the region, this will also help expedite the carrying of goods from one place to another. According to the Turkish Airlines’ Regional Cargo Manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives Bilal Okur, this will help the airline’s target to develop the Maldives into a sea-to-air transshipment hub.

This innovative logistics solution is expected to significantly boost the efficiency of cargo movement. Additionally, this may also see the enhancement of trade opportunities for the Maldives.

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