An important study on the black figure and its representation in contemporary art. The exhibition, curated by the English writer and journalist Ekow Eshun, brings to the National Portrait Gallery the work of 22 contemporary artists of the African diaspora working in the United States and Great Britain, among which Michael Armitage, Lubaina Himid, Kerry James Marshall, Toyin stand out Ojih Odutola and Amy Sherald. An exhibition that seeks to question what it means to visualize the black body and which highlights the use of figurative art to illuminate the richness and complexity of Black life. In addition to examining the presence (and absence) of the black figure in the history of Western art, the exhibition highlights the history of representation told through works that highlight the social, psychological and cultural contexts in which they were produced. An exhibition that encourages the public to discover the creativity of artists of the African diaspora while at the same time asking relentless questions about race, identity and history.