Xia Tio was born in Cologne, Germany. She received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work investigates the transitory state of culture and identity. In her series Nowhere she explores notions of home. Being in a state of flux, the encounters with people in her photographs become a mediation to a personal yet foreign place. In her most current series News from the Near Past, she touches on aspects of identity, raising questions about ethnographically charged constructions of the other. The work speaks of ideologies, colonialism and oral history. She has exhibited her work in the United States and has been published in print and online journals.