Heat Singers

Spivaye Ivano-Frankivskteplokomunenergo

TeploKomunEnergo is a municipal heating company in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk. Most of its workers are of the same age as the company. Five days per week they have to deal with fountaining radiators, flooded basements, and angry clients. Among other official duties, every Wednesday they come together to a recital room and sing in a TeploKomunEnergo union choir.

This is a story about central heating system as a symbol of modern Ukraine. It explores how outdated social structures do not fit into modern economy, but, paradoxically, continue to function. Traces of working-class culture and human warmth serve as a survival mechanism in the times of transition.
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