Let's go to lunch, habibi

Moving image & sound


Presenting a conversation from different perspectives between Father and Daughter, "Let's go to lunch, habibi" explores ideas of abandonment, anger and longing through disrupted and fragmented storytelling. Gaafar had previously explored the tense atmosphere between Father and Daughter in her film "Baba", a hand-held recording of a day spent with her own Egyptian father in London, UK. Influenced by research on Tacita Dean's 2001 "The Russian Ending" - a series of etchings of scene directions on found postcards showing real-life fatal accidents and natural disasters - Gaafar has developed her own truth into fiction with "Let's go to lunch, habibi", by creating two characters, a setting, writing a script with different acts and direction.

Of "Let's go to lunch, habibi", artist Louise Ashcroft said:

"...it’s really powerful and clever the way it’s so visual with words but so economical with actual imagery (and how that absence links up with all the unsaid/unseen thoughts and histories of the relationship). Also the way it has this constant low-level tension - of being checked approvingly/disapprovingly and the feeling that some conflict or event is going to happen (but ultimately the tension itself is most uncomfortable, in a toothache kind of way). Interesting how biography is added in little details like clues, which I guess is how family trees are when we try to trace them back. Weirdly forensic."

"Let's go to lunch, habibi" has featured in the following exhibitions:

  1. the87press.com, as part of their online collaboration with F(r)ictions for their Digital Poetics series in August 2020.

  2. F(r)ictions .3 at DIY Space for London in December 2019.