Hanna Jarzabek

Photographer & Storyteller
Transito - Zenia (Spain)
Location: Madrid, Spain
Nationality: Polish
Biography: Documentary photographer and freelance photojournalist 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... MORE
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Transito - Zenia (Spain)
Copyright Hanna Jarzabek 2024
Date of Work Oct 2015 - Jun 2016
Updated Feb 2019
Topics Discrimination, Documentary, Gender Identity, Human Rights, Lesbian, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Relationships, Sexuality, Transgender

"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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