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Okubo, Mine

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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 with filpped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, walks through the women's community toilet at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Dressed in cross-patterned top and jeans, Mine is visible full-length as she walks at end of stalls holding a cloth in hand at far right. Three women sit in partitioned stalls that lack doors. Seeking privacy, one woman sits behind a patched curtain, another covers her face near a pot that appears to be an incense burner, and third woman sits behind boards nailed together.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 69. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 69. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 69.

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 74 of book.

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