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[Mine and Benji sweep the stall, Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]

Okubo, Mine

[Mine and Benji sweep the stall, Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno, California, 1942]
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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
mat board

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman, Mine Okubo, covers her face as she kneels to clean the floor of the horse stall with a whisk broom while her brother, Benji, sits on bare spring cot shielding his face from dust in stable 50 at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Benji sits in profile with back to viewer in foreground right. Mine wears a cloth over her hair midground right. The room extends to the back left where cobweb hangs from corner and swinging half-door stands open. Open fourth wall exposes floorboards at left.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 32. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 32. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191.

Drawings for the book, Citizen 13660, began as sketches and drawings created by Okubo while incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz to tell faithful friends about camp life and were intended for exhibition purposes. Drawing is on page 37 of book.

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