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The myth of the past brings RITARITA’s SS17 collection and Dana Stirling’s ‘Dead Water’ series together for their second visual story brought by Acreati. Suggested by the title of the collection, RITARITA’s SS17 collection is inspired by the monstrous Greek mythological creature Chimera. Bearing told memories of a miraculous oasis in the Dead Sea, Dana Stirling documented a different present of the once glorious water amusement park Atraktzia.
RITARITA’s Chimera collection is based on the concept of skin, the thin layer that covers our inside and gives a clue about our race, personality and belongingness. In Greek mythology, the Chimera was described in story and depicted in artwork as a beast that melded three completely different animals together - a lion, a goat and a snake. Being a combination of different animals, different traits are embedded, just as individual beings and how the society is formed. Graphic is the keyword of this collection in the choice of colors. Continuing RITARITA’s tradition for producing high quality clothing based on the concept of daily uniform and comfortable long lasting ready to wear, the collection consists of technical crispy textures mixed with the smoothest hues and soft silk fabric.
Dana Stirling’s ‘Dead Water’ series captures the current state of Atraktzia Water Amusement Park - once an oasis of sweet water in the Dead Sea. Many Israelis share memories of Atraktzia as part of their tradition of family vacations and weekends. Stirling has never had the chance of experiencing Kalia’s Atraktzia herself, and yet she grew up knowing of a miraculous fantastic oasis in the middle of nowhere. When she finally encountered Atraktzia, it was a different experience - hot, dry and colorless, a pale reflection of its past glory. The once amazing water park stood empty, abandon and waterless. The water park had been standing empty for 13 years after it was shut down due to the political tension in the area as well as financial and legal problems. Even though Stirling has never visited the park before, she still felt nostalgic in regards to the fall of the attractions from its glory, as she said: “In this body of work I do not try to recreate the park, or resurrect it, but document a place that so many people had strong feeling to, as children, and try and understand that glorious period that me myself had never got to experience.”
See more of Dana Stirling’s work on her website and Instagram.
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RITARITA is a project born by the concepts of daily uniform and wardrobe new order. Few ideal shapes, prints and bold colours to be worn and layered as composing a personal story. RITARITA is something familiar already. The label projected their pieces thinking about what we would put in our bag just in case we had to leave for a whatever destination. Basic pieces are easily folded in a zipped waterproof bag. Bold printed foulards to be held as a head piece, a cloak, a blanket. RITARITA wardrobe grows with few ideal pieces and prints every season.
RITARITA studio is based in Milan and born by the collaboration between Silvia Gherra, illustrator, and Margherita Mazza, fashion designer. RITARITA items are designed, printed and made in Italy.
About Dana Stirling
Dana Stirling is a still life and fine art photographer, and the Co-Founder & Editor In-Chief of Float Photo Magazine. She was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and based in Queens, NY ; she received her MFA from The School Of Visual Arts in Photography, Video, and Related Media in 2016 and her BA from Hadassah College Jerusalem in Photographic Communications in 2013. Stirling's work has been exhibited internationally including Fresh Paint Art Fair in Tel Aviv, UNICEF Next Generation Photo Benefit at Aperture Foundation NY, “A Process - Der Greif” in Neue Galerie, Höhmannhaus Germany, Google photography Prize at Saatchi Gallery London UK, Brick Lane Gallery, London UK and Tel Hai Museum of Photography Israel. Some press includes FeatureShoot website, The Week Photo Blog, Hyperallergic , It's Nice That and Design Taxi. In addition to publication such as Aint Bad bad 'from here on' book, All the best Alice, A process exhibition book and Israel Hayom Newspaper.
She has been awarded the Google Photography Prize Finalist (2012), Gross Foundation grant for excellency in photography (2013) and the Weizmann institute scholarship for outstanding student achievement (2011).