Will Harris: You Can Call Me Nana (Overlapse, 2021)

Will Harris - You Can Call Me Nana - Bildersturm Blog

Based in Pennsylvania, Will Harris completed an MFA in Photography & Integrated Media at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. In 2019 he was a finalist in Photolucida’s Critical Mass and was awarded their MFA Student Scholarship.

Will has exhibited in the USA, India, and Denmark, and in 2015 he had a residency at Arteles Creative Center in Finland. In early 2020 he received a Black Creative Endeavors Grant, awarded by Something Special Studios in New York.

Artist: https://willharris.co/

Publisher: Overlapse

Will Harris - You Can Call Me Nana - Bildersturm Blog
Will Harris - You Can Call Me Nana - Bildersturm Blog

For Evelyn Beckett, ten years ago was now ten minutes ago. She was both lost and reborn. As her memories eroded, history and fiction collided and a new relationship bloomed; once her grandson, Harris became an old friend — creating this work while trying to comprehend their newfound connection and to deal with his own grief.

At times both haunting and lighthearted, this intimate book weaves together family archives with altered images, collage, and new photographs including views inside the multi-generational family home in Pennsylvania. Along with some confused and touching conversations with Nana, Harris assembles the fragments that went missing from her mind.

Like dementia itself, this personal book is nonlinear and at times confusing, but Harris’s gaze on his grandmother’s condition consistently remains tender and subtle.

Publisher’s Info

Will Harris - You Can Call Me Nana - Bildersturm Blog
Will Harris - You Can Call Me Nana - Bildersturm Blog

By The Way

On the longest day
The vanishing mind
Knows not when the day ends
Who could care for you
Who could understand

In the room sealed shut
And you’re not what you were
So much sweeter now
That there’s nothing left to
Remember you

[….]

Here we are, here we sit
The light turning grey
Your smile brings me back
To the longest day
The vanishing mind

Songwriter: John Convertino / Joseph G Burns; Songtext von The Vanishing Mind © BMG Rights Management.


Will Harris - You Can Call Me Nana - Bildersturm Blog
Will Harris - You Can Call Me Nana - Bildersturm Blog
Will Harris - You Can Call Me Nana - Bildersturm Blog

Book Specs: Hardcover; 17 x 21.5 cm portrait; 96 pages; 120 photographs and illustrations; Afterword text by Will Harris; Section-sewn binding with paper covers and tip-in; interior tip-ins; Published February 2021; ISBN: 9781999446864. Available here. Highly recommended!