Hanna Jarzabek (1976, Poland) is a documentary visual storyteller based in Madrid, Spain. 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, Philippines).
Since 2008 she is based in Spain where she works as a freelance photojournalist, combining her personal projects with the teaching of photography. She has published in BuzzFeed News, L'OBS, Equal Times, 5W Magazine, Alternatives Économiques, Interviú, El Periódico de Cataluña, 7k Magazine, Gazeta Wyborcza and Polityka among others.
Her projects address discrimination and societal dysfunctions in Europe, with accent on gender and sexual diversity. Lately she has began to work on the issue of radicalization of youth and the increase of right-wing movements in Europe. In parallel she has also been developing projects in post-Soviet regions, investigating issues related to the construction of national identity and the consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
She has won different awards, such as the Third Prize in POY Latam 2015 (Mexico); she has been awarded with the Grant Programa Crisálidas Signo Editores Grant 2019 (Spain), with a Helge Humelvoll Scholarship to participate in the 69th Missouri Photo Workshop (USA 2017) and with the “Photojournalism Grant 2015” (GrisArt International School of Photography, Barcelona), among others.
Finalist of the Grand Press Photo 2019 and 2012 in Poland and of the 19th FotoPres la Ciaxa (2013); she was also nominated in 2018 and 2017 Edition of Photography Magazine Grant (London). She has participated in festivals such as PhotOn 2019 and 2018 (Spain), Imaginaria 2019 (Spain), UCL Festival of Culture in London (2017), FOTONOVIEMBRE Tenerife (2015) and the VIII Biennal de Xavier Miserachs (2014) among others.
Main talks & conferences: UCL University College London (2017 and 2018) PhotOn 2018 International Festival of Photojournalism, Valencia / Spain (2018) University Jaume I, Castellón / Spain (2017) Barcelona University / Grupo de Investigación de Estudios de Género, Barcelona / Spain (2016) Universidad de Vic – Universidad Central de Cataluña, Vic-Barcelona / Spain (2015 and 2016)
She is fluent in Polish, French, Spanish, and English.