The Game of Knives is a book with “writings and illustrations on protest, geopolitics and biopower, gathered by Katerina Sidorova and Yannik Güldner”. It was designed by Lukas Engelhardt and Justus Gelberg for Katerina’s solo show Bottleneck at West Den Haag. The book title is a reference to a children’s yard game called “Knives” or “Lands”, which is popular in some countries in Eastern Europe, especially in Russia. The players throw a knife into the soil, dividing and conquering land from each other. This act of drawing geometrical shapes / lines as a political gesture is the core of the book.
The designers used two interpretations/revivals by Kyiv Type Foundry, KTF Rublena for display and KTF Forma for running text. The shiny holographic stickers on the covers are based on shapes found in Katerina’s illustrations.