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Ali Kate Cherkis – Freedom Towers

Returning to New York after a three-year stint living and working in Buenos Aires, photographer Ali Kate Cherkis embarked on an unlikely series of images – Speedos-clad men sunbathing on Christopher Street Pier, also known as Pier 45 – alongside the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan. In the background of the images lies the 1776ft, 104-storey One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower, built on the site of the former World Trade Center. The juxtaposition between the bronzed bodies and the building, which is America’s tallest, instantly captivated Cherkis. “As summer approached I began to notice the men of the neighbourhood gathering on the pier to sunbathe and strut with a magnificent backdrop of the Financial District and the rising One World Trade Center,” she explains. “Their Speedos revealed a different kind of freedom tower. They were also showing off, asserting their own power.” The project became a response to readjusting to life in the United States, explains Cherkis, who says she finds humour a helpful way to work through personal difficulties. …


BJP Staff