Los Angeles

Glenn Ligon, Synecdoche (For Byron Kim), 2018, neon, 5 × 30 3⁄4".

Glenn Ligon

Regen Projects

Throughout his career, Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini spoke and wrote about his search for the “elsewhere,” which he defined as an alternative to the “anthropologically mutated” West. Indeed, his unfinished five-part film Notes for a Poem on the Third World—which was to be shot in the late 1960s in Africa, India, Latin America, the Arab world, and “the black ghettos” of the United States—would have attempted a revolutionary and anticapitalist political positioning of the real. Glenn Ligon takes on Pasolini’s mode of postcolonial, essayistic storytelling in his sculpture Notes for a Poem on the Third World (chapter one) (all works 2018), a neon sculpture of two hands, which was one of eleven new works included in this exhibition. The stark black outline of the open hands, with their steady white glow, seems both welcoming and capitulating, evoking the “hands in the air” party gesture

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