Hanna Jarzabek

Photography & Multimedia Storyteller
Transito (Spain)
Location: Madrid /Spain
Nationality: Polish
Biography: Hanna Jarzabek (1976, Poland). She finished a Master degree in Political Science and worked on refugee reports for UN agencies such as UNRWA and UNCTA. She developed her passion for photography while travelling (the Gaza Strip, Iran,... read on
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Transito (Spain)
Copyright hanna jarzabek 2021
Date of Work 10/01/15 - 06/15/16
Updated 02/07/19

(Spain 2015-2016)

"I was more man than many of the men on the street today. A real macho who knew how to impose himself, with body worthy of bodybuilder and tattooed arms. I was never attracted to boys. I always liked only women. "


The perception of transsexuals has been shaped socially and through the media, falling on stereotypes of marginalization and prostitution. This collective imagery lacks positive role models, especially for those transgender women who claim their identity in adulthood. The figure of a middle-aged man who affirms himself as a transsexual woman, sometimes also as a lesbian, questions established social norms and confronts us with the need to redefine it. 

Transito speaks of transgender women in Spain who began their transition being adult. With their diverse models of life, they break many stereotypes and the binary gender classification. Their testimonies serve as positive role models, without disregarding the difficulties they face in their life. The project invites reflection on our vision of normality, our limits of acceptance and the freedom of choice these people actually have.

Zenia is a former excavator driver, who began her transition when she was 37 years old. She defends the freedom to define her gender according to her own criteria. Her example serves to break stereotypes about the ideal of feminine beauty, which supposedly seek all transgender women. The history of Zenia also allows us to clarify the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation, making visible a little known reality. Many transgender women consider themselves as lesbians and want to maintain relationships with other women after their transition.

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Patriotic Games

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The Autumn Flowers

By Hanna Jarzabek / Madrid, Spain — We people over 60 went through the lack of freedom and the lack of education in an open and relaxed..

Lesbians & much more (Poland)

By Hanna Jarzabek / Warsaw/Poland — LESBIANS & MUCH MORE (Poland 2009 - 2010) Poland is a country characterized by its very..


By Hanna Jarzabek — Black & White from Palestine    Palestine 2003 My first trip to Palestine took place in July..

Hard Times (Spain)

By Hanna Jarzabek / Barcelona, Spain — HARD TIMES (Spain 2010 - 2011) Spain is one of the most impacted by the present economic situation..

Black Future (Spain)

By Hanna Jarzabek / Mieres/ Spain — BLACK FUTURE (Spain 2012-2013) Interactive webdoc version As they like to say in the coal mining area,..
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