Trans*Tapes (2016)


The Trans*Tapes is a series of six short portraits about transgender people in the Netherlands. Released in 2015, it is the first of its kind in this region. While many narratives dealing with the topic ‘transgender’ tend to turn transgender people into subjects instead of humans, the Trans*Tapes focuses on strength, positivity and human resilience. The series broadens the narrative and reveals a more layered image of what it can mean to be transgender. These insightful portraits are first and foremost about the lives and journeys of strong individuals. Through their own nuanced stories, the six people featured in the Trans*Tapes provide a personal and diverse perspective of a label so often stereotyped.

The Trans*Tapes is an initiative started by three transmen; Bart Peters, Jonah Lamers and Chris Rijksen.

Together we form the collective: The Transketeers.

With different backgrounds, but similar views on life they decided to start this exciting collaboration.

After not feeling represented by the current narrative about transgender people, Bart, Chris and Jonah took action to make trans* people’s voices heard. Their mission is to inspire and empower young trans* people and provide their surrounding with a more well-rounded perspective of what their future could look like.

The Trans*Tapes are made with the financial support from the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunsten, Stichting Democratie en Media, Trutfonds and Stichting Ondersteboven.