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Group Exhibition at Pearlstein Gallery Explores the Black Body and Representation

July 20, 2017

The new group exhibition, Lossless, looks into the black body as an exploration, a site of compression, considering the ways that labor, illusion, loss, lineage and personhood are imagined and reconstructed. 

The exhibit will open in tandem with the BlackStar Film Festival and will be on display from Thursday Aug. 3 – Friday, Sept. 8 in the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St.) at Drexel University. It is free and open to the public Tuesday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.  


Curated by BlackStar Film festival’s founder and artistic director Maori Karmel Holmes, Lossless, primarily features 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, Jerome Everson, ja’tovia gary, Roni Nicole Henderson, Kahlil Joseph, Terence Nance and Sosena Solomon. 

Lossless exhibition

The exhibition will also include a performance by Terence Nance and Norvis, Jr. 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 Aug. 3.

Lossless young black man

The BlackStar Film Festival brings together leading black artists and filmmakers to Philadelphia each year, now celebrating its sixth anniversary, the widely lauded BlackStar Film Festival will showcase approximately 40 films from five continents by Indie Means Necessary. For more information on the festival and its programs, visit or