Aug 3 to Sep 8

Gallery Hours:
11am – 6pm
during the festival

Pearlstein Gallery
Free Admission


Lossless is an exploration of Black and Brown bodies as a site of compression, considering the ways that labor, illusion, loss, lineage, and personhood are imagined and re-constructed.

Chiefly featuring BlackStar alumni filmmakers who have dismantled and reassembled conventions of cinema and video art to create new experiences with the moving image.  Featured are works in installation, video, 16mm, online space, and 3-D environments, by Razan AlSalah, Kevin Jerome Everson, ja’tovia gary, Roni Nicole Henderson, Kahlil Joseph, Terence Nance, and Sosena Solomon.

The exhibition will also include a performance by Terence Nance and Norvis Junior of 18 Black Girls Ages 1-18 Who Have Arrived at the Singularity and are Thus Spiritual Machines: $8 in an edition of $97,000,000,000,000 on August 3.

The exhibition’s title refers to the common term in audio production but is also reflecting upon ways to discuss absence in stories of trauma and nostalgia and additionally considering manifestations of resistance.

Lossless is organized by Maori Karmael Holmes in conjunction with the 6th Annual BlackStar Film Festival. The exhibit was made possible with production assistance from Leah Appleton, Derek Rigby, Liz Barr, Paul Swenbeck, and Farrah Rahaman.

Significant support is provided by Pearlstein Gallery and BlackStar Film Festival. Additional support provided by Material Culture.



Razan AlSalah

Razan AlSalah is a Lebanese-Palestinian media artist and cinematographer living and working between Beirut, Philadelphia and New York. Working as a cinematographer, she’s often thinking about how the image is an extension of the camera-body moving in space; on the other side of this same coin, within her expanded-cinema practice, is the process of mapping an image in place and connecting it to the viewer’s body. Razan’s work is in the permanent collection of the Sursock Museum in Beirut and has been exhibited in Beirut, Dubai, Philadelphia and New York. She is a Fulbright scholar and MFA candidate at Temple University razanalsalah.com


Kevin Jerome Everson

Kevin Jerome Everson (b.1965) was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. He has a MFA from Ohio University and a BFA from the University of Akron. He is Professor of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Everson was awarded the 2012 Alpert Award for Film/Video; his films has been the subject of mid-career retrospectives at the Viennale (2014); Visions du Reel, Nyon, Switzerland (2012), The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (2011) and Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2009. His work has been featured at the 2008, 2012 and 2017 Whitney Biennials and the 2013 Sharjah Biennial. Upcoming museum retrospectives include Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, Korea (Feb. 2017) and Tate Modern, London, UK (Fall 2017). Recent solo museum exhibitions include SECCA (Southeastern Center for the Arts) Winston-Salem, NC and the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA and inclusion in the “How to Be Human” exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio. Everson’s paintings, sculptures, and photographs–and films, including nine features (Spicebush, 2005; Cinnamon, 2006; The Golden Age of Fish, 2008; Erie, 2010; Quality Control 2011; The Island of St. Matthews, 2013; Park Lanes, 2015; 8903 Empire, 2016 and the recently completed Tonsler Park, 2017) and over 130 short form works–have been exhibited internationally at film festivals including Sundance, NYFF, Toronto, Venice, Rotterdam, Berlin, Ann Arbor, Oberhausen; cinemas, galleries, museums and public and private art institutions. He recently collaborated with the Scribe Video Center on a commission for the film Eason (2016).


ja’tovia gary

Ja’Tovia Gary is a filmmaker and visual artist originally from Dallas, Texas currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her MFA in Social Documentary Filmmaking from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work has screened at festivals, cinemas, and institutions worldwide including Frameline LGBTQ Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, The Whitney Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Atlanta Film Festival, the Schomburg Center, MoMa PS1, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum, New Orleans Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and elsewhere.


Roni Nicole Henderson

“I want these images to move you, as I am moved by you”

| moving pictures | has grown from a desire to literally move about the world, capture it’s miracles and project them onto the collective memory. As a filmmaker, Roni Nicole Henderson makes fiction, fine art, experimental, documentary and with prayer, feature-length narrative films in the very near future. As a photographer, she delights in fashion + fine art, documenting artists and everyday folk, especially during major life initiations. As a fine artist, she projects this work in odd places so as to inject impulses to heal the self into our environment, impulses that inspire change and growth. Having earned an M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Roni Nicole desires to continue her professional work as a fine artist in the gallery, museum and especially the public spheres.


Kahlil Joseph

Kahlil Joseph is an American artist and filmmaker working in Los Angeles. His previous work includes Until the Quiet Comes, which received widespread critical acclaim and won the Grand Jury Prize for Short Films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The following year, the film was included in Kara Walker’s celebrated exhibit, Ruffneck Constructivists, at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Joseph’s first solo major museum show, Double Conscience, featured his visually and sonically dynamic double-channel film, m.A.A.d., at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. In 2016, m.A.A.d. was included in Art Basel’s Unlimited exhibition in Switzerland and the popular group show,The Infinite Mix, at the Southbank Centre in London. Concurrently, Joseph was Emmy and Grammy nominated for his direction of Beyonce’s feature length album film, Lemonade. Joseph is a recipient of the 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and 2017 Artadia Award. Currently, Joseph serves as Vice President of the board at The Underground Museum, a vanguard and pioneering independent art museum, exhibition space and community hub in Los Angeles.


Terence Nance

Terence Nance is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. His first feature film, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film has since been released theatrically in the US, UK, France, and South Africa and was named to both the New York Times and New Yorkers top 10 lists for best films of 2013. Terence is also a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and his most recent films SWIMMING IN YOUR SKIN AGAIN, and UNIVITILLEN premiered at Sundance 2016 and New York Film Festival 2016 respectively. At Sundance 2017 Terence will premiere his performance piece 18 BLACK BOYS AGES 1-18 WHO HAVE ARRIVED AT THE SINGULARITY AND ARE THUS SPIRITUAL MACHINES. Terence is currently working on a pilot for HBO called RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESS.


Sosena Solomon

Sosena Solomon is an award winning social documentary film and multimedia visual artist from Ethiopia. Intuitively selecting subjects and stories, she is particularly interested in spaces of transition and change, acting as a cultural preservationist. Her work, whether presented as a film or an immersive 3-dimensional experience, explores cross sections of various subcultures and communities in flux, carefully teasing out cultural nuances and capturing personal narratives via arresting visual storytelling and cinéma vérité stylings. Sosena has worked for many years in the commercial and nonprofit sectors and has worked as a Director and Cinematographer on many short film projects including “Sole”, a documentary on sneaker culture that premiered on PBS affiliate MINDTV, and “MERKATO”, filmed on location in one of Africa’s largest open-air markets and exhibited internationally as an audio, visual, and sensory installation. Sosena earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Social Documentary Film from The School of Visual Arts in New York, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Television Production from Temple University. She is a recipient of The Leeway Foundation Art and Change grant (2013) and the Transformation Award (2014). Sosena is a freelancer currently lecturing in the Fine Arts Department at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design and in the Media Studies and Production Department at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication (SMC). She has previously lectured at University of the Arts, Philadelphia.