Inside / Out with Charles Bhebe

Source: 21 May 2020Analysis and Comment

Describe yourself in five words?
I am a Raconteur

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Never try to be accepted, the moment you stop trying you will be accepted!

What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever done?
Hiking on the Dolomite mountains

What is your most treasured possession?
My children

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
When you cannot laugh – and lack of friendship

Do you have any strange hobbies?
Walking in loud crowded places makes me calm

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
Nothing

What is your greatest extravagance?
My balance and well-being

What have you got in your fridge?
Vegetable greens, cheese and drinks

What is your greatest fear?
I fear not to provide, and poverty

What have you got in your pockets right now?
Wallet, keys and a bandana

What is your favourite journey?
China

Who are your heroes in real life?
My parents

When and where were you happiest?
At home when I have love and respect

What’s your biggest vice?Alcoholic beverages

What were you like at school?
Reserved

What are you doing next?
Continue staying safe and creating new narratives

Please tell us a little bit about your recent piece Lives Against Livelihoods. What inspired you to paint it? Why is it particularly poignant for right here right now? Lives Against Livelihoods – it came as a thought looking at the current global pandemic –  the overwhelming reality of an invisible killer and rapidly spreading across the world. I turned to our realities and looked at how other societies were handling and responding to the pandemic. I realised the impact it had on other nations and I started asking myself questions about our pre-existing realities and fears of what may happen, thus how I came to the piece’s content. I painted the piece as realistic as the situation can be with multiple layers into the realm of our existence.

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Source: Kubatana