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Title
Tanforan Assembly Center
Creator
Hibi, Hisako
Date Created and/or Issued
8/24/1942
Publication Information
Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Contributing Institution
Japanese American National Museum
Collection
Hibi (Hisako) Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Unframed, stretched canvas. Image of dark barracks in and around dirt racetrack, mountains in background.
This painting is one of only eight known works done by Hisako Hibi at the Tanforan Assembly Center located in San Bruno, California. It is an important visual expression of Hibi's initial impressions of Tanforan and the circumstances of the incarceration. The perspective of the painting offers a panoramic, bird's-eye view of the camp and hence, Hibi's imagined vision of the camp grounds from such a distance. The barracks, which formerly housed race horses, are depicted as rows of buildings closely huddled into the narrow race track enclosure. The shallow space of the painting and the use of a high horizon contribute to the cramped feeling of the work. The bird flying in the top right corner is the only sign of movement and life in the otherwise quiet and somber canvas.
Type
image
Format
Painting oil on canvas
Form/Genre
painting
Identifier
http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/tf796nb281
96.601.1
Subject
Assembly Centers, Tanforan | barracks | racetrack | mountains

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