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Rebecca Topakian (b. 1989, France)
rebecca.topakian[at]gmail.com

Lives and works between Paris and Yerevan.
Resident at POUSH Manifesto.
Part of Mirage collectif.
Co-founder, el-Atlal.


Rebecca Topakian graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie of Arles in 2015. With a background in philosophy and geography, she questions notions of identity in her work. By exploring the in-betweens, the mythologies and fictions of identity, she consistently attempts to shed light on the crucial role it plays in our time. For Rebecca Topakian, identity is articulated in the relation between poetry, intimacy and politics. She has participated in many exhibitions in France and abroad. She published her first book, Infra-,in 2017. It was shortlisted for the author book prize of les Rencontres d’Arles. She was shortlisted for FOAM Talent 2019 and was laureate of the national commission “Regards du Grand Paris 2020”. In 2021, she was laureate of the Fondation des Artistes grant and the CNAP grant for documentary photography, the Blow Up Press Award, the Bourse Transverse for a duo of photographer and fine artist, and the Fénéon Prize. 2024 will see her book Dame Gulizar and Other Love Stories (Blow Up Press) come out.


CV


OINGOING AND UPCOMING
 
2024. [upcoming book] Dame Gulizar and Other Love Stories, Blow Up Press
2024 05/04 - 08/31. Opening Passages: Photographers Respond to Chicago and Paris, Chicago Cultural Center and 6018 North, Chicago, USA
2024 04/12 - 05/12. Along the crumbling wall, soon, the violet will bloom, curated by François Cheval, Borderline Art Space, Iaşi, RO
2024 03/19 - 06/23. La France sous leurs yeux, BNF, Paris, FR

SOLO & DUO SHOWS

2018. Dame Gulizar and other love stories, AGBU, Yerevan, ARM
2018. Infra-, Caravanserail, London, UK
2017. Infra-, la Galerie du Rayon Vert, Quinzaine de la Photographie Nantaise, Nantes, FR
2017. Les fidèles,Espace T2, curated by BLBC, Paris, FR
2016. Infra-, curated by Anne Immelé, Centre Culturel Français de Freibourg, Freibourg, Germany
2015. The Situation, Université d’Aix-Marseille

GROUP SHOWS

2023. Luciné, galerie Popy Arvani, Paris, FR
2023. La BPM fête ses 10ans, Mulhouse, FR
2023. Borderline Ornaments, curated by Araks Sahakyan & Irena Popiashvili, Folk Arts Museum, Yerevan, ARM
2023. Rencontres Photo du 10ème festival, Curated by Emmanuel Halkin, FETART, 10th arrondissement townhall, Paris, FR
2023.  From thread to fabric, w Araks Sahakyan, Curated by ICA -  Lilith Grigoryan & Nazareth Karoyan, Katapult / Hayart Cultural Center, Yerevan, ARM
2023.  Les Arts Arméniens : regards croisés, curated by Guillaume Toumanian, ARP Art Research, Paris, FR
2023. Lumière!, curated by Stefania Angelini, salle d’exposition du Quai Antoine 1er, Monaco
2022. Regards du Grand Paris, Magasins Généraux, Pantin, FR
2022. Regards du Grand Paris, Les Ateliers Médicis, Clichy-sous-Bois, FR
2022. Menk, curated by Guillaume Toumanian, CAC Landes, Mont de Marsan, FR
2021. Atlas Bazar, curated by Rotolux, Poush Manifesto
2021. La fête, Lexi Spaced, Paris
2020. La volière, Poush Manifesto, Paris, curated by Yvannoé Kruger
2019. The Center Is Not Holding, curated by Perwana Nazif, Real Pain Fine Arts, Los Angeles
2019. Clôture, Galerie Arondit, Paris
2019. Bad Girls Do It Well, La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2019. À première vue, Galerie Maupetit, Marseille
2019. Bibelots et villebrequins, La confrèrire, Paris
2018. Dreaming Alive, Focus: Armenia, Vienna Contemporary, Autriche
2018. BIT20 - Biennale de l'Image, Tangible, galerie AAB
2018. La flamme double, Biennale de l'image possible (BIP Liège), Les Brasseurs, Liège, BE
2017. GOD ONLY KNOWS, curated by The Tropicool Company, TORRI Gallery, Paris, FR
2017. Inventeurs d'aventures : épisode 2, curated by Gaël Charbau, La Villa Arson, Nice, FR
2017. CO-OP, Thread Count curated by Der Greif, Unseen Photo Fair
2017. Infra- at TEAT Champ Fleuri, La Réunion
2017. Infra- at galerie Ter'La, La Réunion
2017. What's up Photo Doc, Espace des Blancs Manteaux,
2017. Les fantômes du souk, projection, le 61, février 2017
2017. VOLT, La countrie
2017. Circulation(s), Le Centquatre, Paris
2016. Festival MAP, Toulouse, june 2016
2016. Born and Die #001 : Na Zdravlje,  Galerie Arondit, Paris
2016. Born and Die #001 : Na Zdravlje, coffret et multiples, Under Construction Gallery, Paris, april
2015. Infra- à Échanges de vues, Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris
2015. Infra- à Interstices, Exposition des diplômés de l’ENSP, Chez Agnès B., Paris
2015. Infra- à Olympus engage une conversation photographique, un travail en échange avec Dorothée Smith, Enclos Saint-Césaire, Les Rencontres d’Arles 2015
2015. «La mêlée», BYOPaper, Nuit de l’année, Papeteries Etienne, Les Rencontres d’Arles 2015
2015. La part des anges, Église Saint-Julien, Festival off, Rencontres d’Arles 2015
2015. D’écumes légères, Galerie Arena, Arles
2015. La recherche de l’art #3, Centre des cordeliers, Paris
2015. La recherche de l’art #3, Théâtre de la Faïencerie, Creil
2015. el Atlal, opening exhibition, w/ Valérie Jouve, Basma Alsharif et AAU Anastas, Galerie 28bis, Paris
2014. La recherche de l’art #3, Rencontres d’Arles 2014
2013. Fermer l’œil, Église Saint-Julien, Festival Off, Rencontres d’Arles 2013

SCREENINGS

2017. Slideshow, Busan International Photography Festival, Busan, Korea
2017. Dame Gulizar, slideshow, Jeune Création, Thaddaeus Ropac Pantin, FR
2017. Dame Gulizar, slideshow, galerie Jeune Création, Les Grands Voisins, Paris FR
2017. Dame Gulizar, slideshow, galerie Espace pour l'art, Arles, FR
2017. L'attente l'oubli, projection, Biennale Mulhouse 00, FR
2015. Barthes is Back, video projection, in collaboration with Aurélie Jacquet, Pierre-Marie Drapeau-Martin, Emilie Saubestre, Anne-Sophie Trischler, curated by Fabien Vallos, for « Barthes is Back », Théâtre d’Arles, Les Rencontres d’Arles 2015
2014. The Situation, projection, Fotoistanbul, Besiktas International Festival of Photography, Istanbul, 2014
2013. Self Publish, Be Happy 89+, projection et zine, dans le cadre du Marathon 89+, Serpentine Gallery, Londres, 2013


PRESS



RADIO / PODCASTS

2022. Kiffetarace - Regards du Grand Paris
2018. Station Station radio - Démons de minuit
2017.04. Radio Campus
2017.01.19. Radio Neo
2016.10.14 Radio Nova
2016.01.06 Les carnets de la création avec Aude Lavigne sur France Culture - podcast

PRESS PRINT + WEB

2023. Aperture
2023. ArteEast
2022. Al Hayya Magazine
2022. Beaux Arts Magazine
2019. Manifesto XXI, interview by Costanza Spina
2019. Lense, by Costanza Spina
2019. Splash and Grab, article by Hannah Geddes
2018. Lensculture feature and interview with Sophie Wright
2018. ArmenPress
2017. Entretien avec Fabien Ribery
2017. Der Greif: Artist Feature
2017. I-D Vice : 10 photographers
2017. Expo Paris
2017. Interview dans les Amours Alternatives
2015. Lunettes Rouges, « Découvertes : 5 »
2015. Self Publish, Be Happy : portfolio
2014. Self Publish, Be Happy : Book du jour
2014. Interview dans les Amours Alternatives
2015. Noisey FR
2014. Noisey ES
2014. Brain Magazine
2013. Self Publish, Be Happy, SPBH 89+ zine
2013. GQ Italia
2013. Le Tag Parfait
2013. HBA, Webzine de Photographies Argentiques, n° 2
2012. Le Tag Parfait


OTHER ACTIVITIES


Creator of  “Photographers for peace in Artsakh”, a charity prints sale that rose 44k€ in a month for the displaced people of Artsakh : Photographes pour la paix (2020)

Co-founder of artists, writers and researchers residency in Jericho, Palestine : el-Atlal (2014-2020).


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