Bulgaria at the Fair: Spectacles of Cold War Consumption at the Plovdiv Trade Exhibition, 1956-1976
Wed, February 4, 2009 • 12:00 PM • CAL 422
For two weeks out of every year 100,000's of people descended on Bulgaria's second largest city as spectator and consumers. The fair offered an array of images and goods – messages of power and plenty from a variety of states, most notably, the Soviet Union, the United States, and Bulgaria itself. The fair grounds became the hole through which the Iron Curtain is permeated and interaction and exchange are able to take place in spite of limits on Bulgarian travel and access to Western media.
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