Sarah Baker


In the late 1980s, Sarah Baker (London, 1977) and Bill May competed against each other in the synchronised swimming competition, which resulted in deep mutual respect and friendship. May was American synchronised swimming champion several times, but could never participate in the Olympic Games since the discipline is only accessible to women. Baker’s video documentary is inspired by Bill May’s story and his fight for Olympic recognition. Typical in her work are the many references to stardom, wealth and affluence. Aside from being a personal ode to May and his lifestyle, this work is a reflection on more social themes, such as male and female stereotypes in the world of sports and entertainment.