My Heart is Light in the Void

February 2–June 18, 2023

Photographer Merik Goma culminates his eighteen-month residence at The Amistad Center with an exhibition featuring his new series of work titled My Heart is Light in the Void. Goma is a New Haven based photographer and recent graduate of the NXTHVN Fellowship Program, an arts incubator founded by renowned artist Titus Kaphar. Building intricate sets within his studio, Goma uses these as both the subjects of tableaux as well as the backdrop for narrative photographs. His technique is painterly in its execution, with close attention to color and lighting. My Heart is Light in the Void highlights themes of Black resiliency and the importance of Black joy and draws inspiration from The Amistad Center’s permanent collection of art and artifacts. Goma is the inaugural Joyce C. Willis Artist in Residence, a program made possible through a generous grant from The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation designed to serve as a catalyst to help Black artists excel in their careers and promote racial equity in the arts. Learn more at

Merik Goma, Your Absence is my Monument (Untitled 2), 2020. Digital C-print. 45 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist