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Johannes Barfield is an American sample-based visual artist who works in installation, video, photography, mixed-media, and sound.

_(What does sample-based mean? 


(sample) The technique of digitally encoding music or sound and reusing it as part of a composition or recording. The use of pre-existing objects or images with little or no transformation applied to them. To take (something) for one's own use, typically without the owner's permission. 

(base) A conceptual structure or entity on which something draws or depends.)_

Johannes, explores: childhood memories, joy, appropriation as a means for survival and cultural production, the repatriation of artifacts, objecthood, extinction, and the music played at family cookouts. 
Johannes received an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Photography and Film. He is also the recipient of several awards, fellowships, and residencies. Including the Mint Museum Atrium Health best in show award, the Toby Devan Lewis fellowship award, the Merriweather District AIR residency, the Fine Arts Work Center visual artist fellowship, the Lighthouse Works Fellowship, ACRE residency, MASS MoCA residency, and the VCU 10 Under 10 award that recognizes noteworthy and distinct achievements made by VCU alumni.

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