This artist book is a limited edition of 45 copies. This work is part of the concept of Self-Publishing as Resistance, which Aguirrezabala has been working on in recent years. It vindicates the value of self-publishing, beyond the industry, where the author produces each phase of publication as if it were a life cycle.
The narrative is based on various plots drawn from a selection of fourteen novels banned by communist governments in the Eastern Bloc. Most of the novels deal with political issues, critical of Soviet supremacy over communist satellite countries, and sarcastically ironic of the social, economic and governmental environment in the homeland.
The Master and Margarita by the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov, White Book by Czech writer Pavel Kohout, The cafe on Cemetery Street by Czech writer Ota Filip, Life and Fate by Ukrainian writer and war correspondent Vasili Grossman, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Russian writer Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Czech writer Milan Kundera, The Axe by writer and political activist Ludvík Vaculík, and The Cowards by Josef Skvorecky, co-founder of one of the most important publishing houses of Czech literature in exile, among others.
Hidden Book is structured into fourteen chapters, one for each novel on display. Each part presents a new design and even a different binding. An immensely baroque work in terms of its concept and form, which constantly seeks the physical and conceptual limits of the book as an object, while also continually questioning itself. Folding and binding are handmade by Aguirrezabala and also contain numerous artisan processes, such as embroidery on the fabric of the cover of the box, silkscreen printing, creasing, original cyanotype, pigment ink printing, photopolymer printing, and handwritten text, among others, which makes each copy a unique piece.