Johannes Barfield is a multimedia artist from Winston-Salem, NC who works in photography, video, sculpture, and sound installations. His work revolves around the black American experience and how institutions and systems of power and influence are connected to the amplification and nullification of blackness. 


In his work, Johannes examines: urban and rural environments as a space for creative exchange, his childhood memories, acts of violence provoked by poverty, internet age lynchings by police who receive immunity, the music played at family cookouts, the public school system in the south, and how systems of control are implemented through the open road and car culture.





2018 MFA in Photo+Film, Virginia Commonwealth University, Summa Cum Laude, Richmond, VA

2014 BFA in Design & New Media, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC



2019 Atrium Health Best in Show Award, The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

2018 Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, Richmond, VA

2018 Fulbright Semi-Finalist, Johannesburg, South Africa

2018 VCU Graduate Research Grant, Richmond, VA

2018 VCU Black History In The Making, Richmond, VA

2018 Phi Kappa Phi: School of The Arts Award for Graduate Students, Richmond, VA

2017 Phi Kappa Phi Academic Scholarship, Richmond, VA

2016 VCU Full-Tuition and TA Assistantship, Richmond, VA


2019 The Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, Provincetown, MA

2019 The Lighthouse Works Fellowship, Fishers Island, NY

2018 ACRE Residency, Southeastern US Equity Scholarship, Steuben, WI

2018 MASS MoCA Residency, Fully Funded by VCUarts, North Adams, MA



2019 forthcoming, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, TBA, Provincetown, MA

2019 The Mint Museum, Coined In The South, Charlotte, NC

2019 Double Exposure: Investigative Film Festival & Symposium, Washington, DC

2019 ACRE Projects, Disrupting Domestic, Chicago, IL

2019 The Gatewood Gallery, Jewels, Greensboro, NC

2019 1708 Gallery, Cabin Fever, Richmond, VA

2019 PAAM Museum, Fine Arts Work Center 2019 Fellows Exhibition, Provincetown, MA

2018 The Anderson, MY EYES DUE SEE, Richmond, VA

2018 FAB Gallery, I’d Rather Not, Richmond, VA

2017 FAB Gallery, SAD., Richmond, VA

2017 Warehouse, What We Do Is Secret, Richmond, VA

2016 FAB Gallery, How’s My Driving?, Richmond, VA

2016 Current Elements: Satellite Art Fair, Richmond, VA

2016 Clearwater Gallery, Son, Brother, Father, Concord, NC

2015 Field Projects Gallery, Show #28: Impossible Geometries, New York, NY

2015 Southfirst Gallery, After “The Girl Made of Butter”, Brooklyn, NY

2015 Hanes Brand Theater, A Genealogy Study with William Paul Thomas, Winston-Salem, NC

2015 Milton Rhodes Art Center,  Art Nouveau: Present Tense, Winston-Salem, NC




2016 VCUarts Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Richmond, VA

2015 Worthridge Auction House, Product Photographer, Greensboro, NC