The End of Art is Peace

The End of Art is Peace

Date and Time

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Solomon Hall

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110




Steafán Hanvey
This event is free and open to the public
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A father and son’s impressions of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, which deeply divided Catholic and Protestant communities, through photograph and song.

The End of Art is Peace 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 contextualized by Steafán Hanvey’s story-telling, which comes in the form of critically-acclaimed song-writing, and a trained academic’s gift 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, travelers gathered around a fire on a cold winter’s morning, the living and the dead.

This performance is 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.”

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