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A Night

Hibi, Hisako [ bio ]

A Night
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H: 18 in, W: 22 in

Topaz, Utah, January 1944


Gift of Ibuki Hibi Lee


Unframed stretched canvas. Image of very dark barracks with a mountain in the background.

Signed, LL: Hisako Hibi / Jan 1944 ; BACK: 'Night' By Hisako Hibi Topaz Utah 1944

This painting is the only known night scene Hisako Hibi painted while at Topaz concentration camp. A few barracks are visible in the distance, discernible in the darkness only by the glow of lights from the barrack interiors. The structures are framed by the sharp geometric outline of the mountain range in the background. The darkness overwhelms and smothers the image of camp. Even the yellow lights of the buildings are only dim suggestions of activity in this otherwise somber scene. Hibi most likely completely imagined this scene given the restrictions that prohibited internees from roaming the camp grounds at night.

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