Fia Backström attended University of Stockholm and Columbia University for her undergraduate degree and received her MFA eq. in photography at Konstfack Royal College of Arts and Craft in Stockholm. She works in a wide array of mediums, such as performance, photography, text, typography and layout, installation, objects and live events. Her work has been exhibited at numerous international exhibitions. Backström represented Sweden in the Venice Biennale 2011 and was included the Whitney Biennial 2008. She was the artist chosen for the Artist's Institute season of fall 2015. Other exhibitions include MoMA, White Columns, Artist Space and the Kitchen, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Serpentine Gallery, London; The Baltic, Newcastle; Tranzit, Prague; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Greene Naftali gallery and Murray Guy gallery, New York. A monograph of her work was produced for her representation in Venice. Her writings have also been published in magazines such as Artforum, Art on Paper, Pacemaker and North Drive Press. She has received grants from Iaspis, Stockholm, Sweden; Cneai in Paris; and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York. Backström is also on the faculty of Princeton University, and has taught at Columbia University graduate program, LUCAD Lesley University, and School of Visual Arts. She has lectured widely on her work and been a visiting artist in schools such as NYU, Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design and MICA.