The immersive exhibition Smoke is a story about the dark war years and the previous period of mass repression. The performance installation's base is the "Survilo" graphic novel by Olga Lavrentieva, the artist and comic book writer from St. Petersburg. Valentina Survilo, the main character and also the grandmother of the book's author, was born in 1925 in Leningrad. She had to go through the things millions of her contemporaries did: exile, war, the siege.
This is a performance without actors built on audiovisual and tactile means of expression. The format is similar to an interactive exhibition. The audience can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the war years by listening to audio tracks and examining exhibits and structures.
The director of the project Vladislav Tutak (St. Petersburg) together with the project team had found a new form of the original novel and then decided to stage it as a performance installation. The modern high-tech space suddenly evokes associations with the Soviet everyday life objects of the '30s and '50s.
Attention: one session can accomodate 15 people.
To participate in the immersive exhibition you will need a fully charged phone with internet connection and earphones.