The Imagi-Nature Art Festival will be held in April at JOALI Maldives, the world’s first and only art-immersive resort, as part of its annual Art Week. The resort, which was artfully designed to appeal to the senses, is collaborating with renowned art consultant Tatiana Gecmen-Walderk. They encourage visitors to celebrate nature’s creative spirit in the heart of the Indian Ocean.

Tatiana is dedicated to nurturing cutting-edge partnerships and cultural content that ignites the inner artist in each of us. She firmly believes in the principle of “experiencing art instead of seeing art.” Tatiana has worked as an art consultant for several high-end clients thanks to her extensive global network of contacts, which includes renowned galleries, collectors, auction houses, and artists. Tatiana is proud to be a valued partner of JOALI Maldives and is ready to bring an exceptional collection of modern art to the resort. She will also host exhibitions, performances, limited editions, and long-term installations there.

Artist Jeanne Susplugas.

Innovative dialogues will take center stage at the exquisite resort from April 14 to April 18 as part of a stellar lineup of international art forms, stunning installations, and local influences. Visitors can watch the groundbreaking project in action during Art Week, which effortlessly combines art and sustainability through privileged partnerships with well-known artists.

Aurelie Hoegy, Studio Mameluca, Maja Rohwetter, Barbara Veiga, Jeanne Susplugas, Le Petite Chef, and Hajja & Joule are a few of the well-known artists included in the endeavor. Each immersive installation at JOALI is intended to engage, ignite, and free the mind. Visitors of all ages are welcome to interact with the eco-conscious artwork displayed throughout the resort, which complements its picturesque beauty.

On April 15th, the official World Art Day, JOALI Maldives will present a special lineup of activities in collaboration with well-known artists. With four permanent installations on display at the resort from the Imagi-Nature Art Festival, the shores of JOALI Maldives will be converted into a gallery itself under the guise of a sculpture park.

Studio Mameluca from Brazil.

The four cutting-edge works of art that have been added to the resort’s collection are “JOALI Hammock” by Hoegy, “One Egg. One World” by Studio Mameluca,

 “Daydreaming” by Jeanne Susplugas, and “Contingencies” by Rohwetter, a multisensory augmented reality app. Hoegy was inspired to create the JOALI Hammock by the Indian Ocean’s motion, the island’s natural contours, and its abundance of white sand. Another work by Studio Mameluca, White Tern’s Bird Nest, allows visitors to create their own customized ocean sound experience and become one with nature and marine life.

Visitors can get a closer look at how the brain functions with Susplugas’ exhibit, moving through neurons and synapses with their eyes, before continuing their virtual experience with Rohwetter’s expanded dimensions of reality piece. At the Saoke, the Japanese restaurant created by renowned builder Noriyoshi Murumatsu, Le Petite Chef will redefine culinary arts. The restaurant’s lavish display will indulge customers for six months.

Visitors will also be able to buy scarves created by Rohwetter in a similar setting, which will serve as a reminder of their soulful time in the Maldives. The shawls will be sold at the La Maison de JOALI shop and the JOALI Art Studio. Imagi-Nature Art Festival’s curation will highlight talented female artists in keeping with JOALI Maldives’ dedication to gender equity.

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Female artists arriving to present creative concepts include Rohwetter, who will be fusing the physical and virtual worlds with an impressive cross-media approach, Susplugas, who offers a reflection on society’s ills with humor, derision, and cynicism perfectly captured, and Veiga, who will perform “Earth Layers” live and make planet conservation clear. Additionally, visitors can take part in a special collaboration between Hoegy and Maldivian sisters Hajja & Joule as they work together to make pillows and embroidery with visitors.

At JOALI Maldives, art and sustainability go hand in hand. Each piece of art on exhibit at the resort maintains its unique quality while paying attention to sustainability echoes. The resort encourages visitors to live a sustainable lifestyle by showcasing numerous items made from clay, recycled materials, or natural materials. In response, the Imagi-Nature Art Festival will collaborate with Parley for the Ocean and Utopia to present a limited-edition flowing flag by modern artist Jeppe Hein in the ocean.

The installation, “We Are All Interconnected,” is made of ocean plastic, a premium material created from upcycled plastic refuse recovered from remote islands, coastlines, and waters by the organization. The piece is titled “We Are All Interconnected” and supports the Parley for the Oceans’ Global Cleanup Network. The programs of JOALI Maldives for plastic interception, education, communication, material science, and eco-innovation will be supported entirely by the proceeds of this effort.