Fia Backström was invited to work with the Neiman Center in 2015. In her series of four prints, entitled Touching Sensible, she worked with woodcut and photogravure. Backström 's work rejects confining images and categories. It encompasses prints, arrangements and displays, original creations, written texts, and events, making it impossible to characterize. Backström works within a system that caters to individual identity. She recognizes the elusive nature of her work in a conversation with Wade Guyton for the North Drive Press, saying that all artists are sort of like con artists.
Backström, originally from Stockholm, Sweden, attended the University of Sweden and Columbia University for undergraduate studies. She received her graduate degree from Konstfack Royal College of Arts and Crafts, in Stockholm. She has lectured widely on her work, traveling to schools such as New York University, Yale University, and Maryland Institute College of Art as a visiting artist. Backström co-chairs the Milton Avery Bard MFA photography department and has taught at Columbia University MFA Graduate department as well as the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Backström has a wide range of artistic experience, with work in writing, performance, installation, ephemera, audiovisual means, photography, and formats of display. Her work has been featured in the Whitney Biennial (2008), The Baltic (2009), and Tranzit (2008), among many others. She has shown her work in commercial galleries such as the Wilkinson Gallery, London, as well as non-profit organizations, such as White Columns and Artist Space. She has performed in the Serpentine Gallery and the United Nations Plaza in Berlin, Madrid, and Mexico. Her writing has been published in Artforum, Art on Paper, Pacemaker, and North Drive Press. Backström represented Sweden in the Venice Biennale, in 2011.