In 2014, 100 years after the start of the war, artist Bobby Baker began reimagining what day-to-day life is like in times of conflict. In 2018 she invited us on a tour of a transformed house – an ingenious, immersive multimedia installation inspired by real stories, passed down through her family and shaped by the domestic and emotional labour of conflicts.
Guests met with an uncommon experience as the house contents juxtaposed the spectacular with the everyday – a ghostly heroine, an edible armoury, 4,701 reinvented dinners – and other happenings of unpredictable proportions.
Baker’s astonishing installation shone a light on the role of women during wartime and the impact of conflicts, historical and contemporary, on the mental health of whole families through the generations. In doing so, she celebrated the women who carry on running houses, bringing up children and keeping families together at the most harrowing of times.
Great & Tiny War serves as a monument to their unacknowledged private struggles and personal strength, and will resonate with anyone whose family has been touched by war.
Commissioned by 14-18 NOW with Daily Life Ltd and Wunderbar