Look Behind You! is a multi-media performance lecture for international audiences that details how a father and son (both artists) have negotiated the personal and political landscapes of Northern Ireland. A melding of image and voice, anecdote and memory, it showcases Bobbie Hanvey’s prize-winning photojournalism along with radio-edits of his interviews with some of Northern Ireland’s best-known figures. These are complemented and contextualised by Steafán Hanvey’s story-telling, which comes in the form of critically-acclaimed song-writing, and a trained academic’s gi# for presenting complex issues in an engaging manner.
Together, Bobbie and Steafán document the ordinary and at the same time the extraordinary – mums and dads, police and priests, the loved and the loveless, soldiers and paramilitaries, plain-folk and gentry, politicians and voters, poets, singers, painters, travellers gathered around a fire on a cold winter’s morning, the living and the dead.
Look Behind You! is not so much an imperative (or indeed an exclamation) but rather an invitation to engage with a project that strives to conflate the public and the private, and one which dares to promote Seamus Heaney’s claim that “the end of art is peace.”