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Okubo, Mine

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H: 10 in, W: 14.5 in
mat board

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 10 x 14.5 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman with shoulder-length hair, Mine Okubo, walks through women's community toilet at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Dressed in cross-patterned top and jeans, Mine walks toward the right away from toilets. Behind her there are two empty toilets partitioned from another pair where a woman sits with her head in her hands as a child stands nearby. Top of another woman's head is visible above a partition separating the next row of toilets.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 67. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 67. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 67.

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 72 of book.

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