You are now entering the human heart is a series of collaborative portraits of
transgender women in Poland, who, in recent years, have been actively seeking a public platform. This is largely the result of the national parliament welcoming its first openly transsexual delegate: Anna Grodzka, who underwent a sex reassignment treatment in 2009, and became a member of parliament in 2011.
This body of work builds on Ilona Szwarc's previous projects about socialization of women (American Girls, Rodeo Girls, and I am a woman and I feast on memory), and contemporary definitions of womanhood. This group is in the process of reimagining themselves as women, and the project examines how these individuals are constructing their female personas in the context of Polish culture, how they
filter and define ideas about what it means to be a woman.
Through the act of photographing themselves and the desire to be photographed by others, transgender women willfully reduce their body to an image, that can be looked at, judged, and reflected upon. This particular reduction of oneself to an image is a form of externalization, authentication and validation of their own appearances. This is in part a result of functioning in patriarchal capitalism and the circulation of images in this system, however it is also a genuine pursuit of a cohesive identity. Perhaps this cohesiveness in appearance can