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Rebecca Topakian

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After studying philosophy and geography, Topakian turned to photography and continued her research in Arles: the definition of identity in its invisible, mythological and fictional dimensions. Her book Infra- was shortlisted for the 2018 Rencontres d'Arles book prize. In 2020, she won the national commission Regards du Grand Paris (Cnap x Ateliers Médicis). 

During the war in Nagorno Karabakh in 2020, she organised the "Photographers for Peace" print sale. She took Armenian nationality and began living between Paris and Yerevan. In 2021, Rebecca received the Fondation des Artistes and Cnap documentary photography grants, the Blow Up Press prize and the Transverse grant. In 2022, she won the Prix Fénéon and the BNF national commission; her book Rouge Insecte (with Araks Sahakyan) was published. 

In 2023, she was awarded the ADIAF Emergence Prize. That same year, she travelled as a photojournalist to cover the ethnic cleansing of the Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh, an experience that reinforced her belief that making art doesn't serve much purpose, but perhaps a little to fight fascism. Her book Dame Gulizar and Other Love Stories will be published by Blow Up Press in 2024.