In Remnants, Nicholas Mehedin returns to his hometown in rural New York in search of a deeper understanding of himself. Through photography as a medium and method, he communicates his inner conflictions with identity, family, and the future. The images challenge the idyllic perception of upstate New York to reveal a seemingly uncanny and futile existence. The region is often romanticized for country living, but is largely tainted by regressed ideologies. It’s an area defined by patriarchy, patriotism, and traditional American values. The artist returns in opposition to the ideals and culture of his past and family—but this will always be his home. Mehedin considers himself a familiar outsider, concerned for the future.
During the day, Remnants can be viewed on monitors inside the ICP Museum and during evening hours, images are literally “projected” onto the windows of the ICP Museum; they can be viewed from the sidewalk outside the Museum and are most visible after sunset.
About the Artist
Nicholas Mehedin (American, b.1993) is a photographer from Lumberland, New York. He earned a BFA in photography from SUNY New Paltz in 2015. Since graduation, he’s worked as a freelance assistant for photographers including Noah Kalina, Vincent Dixon, and Virginia Sherwood.