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Okubo, Mine

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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 community women's showers at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Visible from the waist up, Mine walks past the end of the shower stalls awat from viewer in foreground left. Four nude women shower in stalls that are only partially partitioned without doors; one woman wears geta and a headkerchief as she prepares to enter a barrel sitting in shower stall. On the deck in front of the showers a woman washes a child standing in a tub.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 70. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 70. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 70.

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 75 of book.

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