Smoke. Tobacco Stories
‘Smoke. Tobacco Stories’ (11 January - 30 March 2019) is an exhibition produced especially for the opening of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019 and dedicated to Tobacco City, one of ECOC’s flagship projects.
The exposition features archives, photography, video, films, literature and art works by most renowned Bulgarian artists that explore the history of Plovdiv through the tobacco industry.
The Tobacco City of Plovdiv represents a lively node of storylines that entangle and distract. If we follow them, they will tell us not only about the centuries-old identity of the city, but also about all the stories closely related to it. Tobacco is an unusual prism through which citizens and visitors of Plovdiv can view from a new angle the great tale of the place of Southeastern Europe in the world. This story is almost untouched by clichés, because tobacco is part of Bulgaria’s real, not symbolic capital, as opposed to the rose oil or the wheat stalks present in the coat of arms.
© Plovdiv Regional History Museum
Opening: 11 January, 18.00, at SKLAD
Work Time: Tuesday - Sunday, 11.00 - 19.00 (valid from 12 January to 30 March 2019)
Where: SKLAD (16 Ekzarh Yosif Str.), 2nd and 3rd Floor.
The exhibition is realized on the idea of Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva as a production of ‘Plovdiv 2019’. The authors of the concept and the historical study are Stanislava Grueva, Boris Stoyanov, Mihail Gruev. Curator is Vessela Nozharova, stage designer: Dimitar Vodenicharov, designer: Kalina Dimitrova, technical implementation: Kalin Serapionov.
Collaborating institutions: State Archives Sofia; State Archives Pleven; Ivan Vazov National Library – Plovdiv; National Museum of Military History Sofia; National Museum of History - Sofia; National Museum of Literature (Dimitar Dimov House Museum); National Museum of Technology - Sofia; National Film Archives; Regional Museum of Ethnology - Plovdiv; Regional Museum of History - Plovdiv; the museums of history in Asenovgrad, Blagoevgrad, Smolyan and Haskovo; Plovdiv City Art Gallery; Sofia City Art Gallery; the Lost Bulgaria website; Bulgarian National Television Archives; Stanimashka Fotografchiinitsa Citizen Group; Byalo More Illustration.
Consultants: Dr Mihail Gruev and Dr Boris Stoyanov.