Rebecca Topakian graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie of Arles in 2015. She likes to toy with this medium, to tinker with cameras or development processes, thus exploring the limits of photography and images. 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.
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. She explores these ideas in different intersections and through different points of view: those of interpersonal relations; how personal identity relates to group identity, how it relates to family and national histories, or their absence. For Rebecca Topakian, identity is not an abstract notion; it is embodied and finds its translations in her photographs as they focus increasingly on bodies, gestures, sensuality and desire. The other in the portrait, as well as earth in the landscape, are variations of a same sensual relation to the world.