An Unexpected Journey: Tavares Strachan’s In Plain Sight

Exhibition Review

by Kaler Wong | 03 December 2020

“Every Knee Shall Bow” (2020), a painting featuring Queen Elizabeth and, on the cover of Jet magazine, Haile Selassie I, the former emperor of Ethiopia.Credit... Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Jurate Veceraite


A couple of weeks before lockdown 2.0, I ventured to the Marian Goodman Gallery tucked away in Soho, to view the exhibition In Plain Sight by the Bahamian artist Tavares Strachan. In need of a dose of culture after a week of screens, and attracted by images of African masks paired with sculptures of famous black figures, I took a punt on Strachan to enrich my knowledge of black history – October was Black History Month after all - and enhance my academic study of the Atlantic. And boy did he deliver.