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An authorial book by the photographer Lena Jakubčáková is a collection of photographs from Slovak prisons. The binding, the cover and the typography is designed to evoke an imaginary prison case file. The minimalist design with blue fabric on the cover refers to the color of prison uniforms. The title page hides a sealed message with thoughts of the convicts on freedom. Each book is unique, with authentic seal stamps that the convicts made directly in prison. The publication had a launch ceremony in the Detention Centre in Košice, with the presence of the convicted.

Lena Jakubčáková: Spis 44 / File 44 •
open-bound cloth binding •
175 × 230 × 17 mm • 336 pages •
published by: Dive Buki, Košice 2016 •
design: © Samuel Čarnoký (2016)

Exhibited at 28th International Biennial
of Graphic Design Brno 2018 • 
1st award at the National prize
for Comunication design in Slovakia 2018

Photo credits: Diana Dobrescu / Tibor Czitó / 
Adam Šakový / Lena Jakubčáková

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