Xiaoxiao Xu was born in south east Qingtian, China. As a teenager she immigrated to the Netherlands and spending half her life here changed her view on China. Her identity cannot be defined easily anymore as she is both insider and outsider. By photographing locations, people and objects that arouse confusing and alienating feelings, she manages to find a balance between her origins and her present life.
She graduated from the Photo Academy in Amsterdam in 2009 and has since worked on personal projects. In 2016 she published “Aeronautics in the Backyard”, a project that won numerous prestigious book awards over the last couple of years. In May 2020 she launched her fourth photo book “Watering my horse by a spring at the foot of the Long Wall”, a project about the lives of the people along the Great Wall of China.
Xu has exhibited at Beijing Photo Biennial, China; Photoville, New York; BredaPhoto Festival, Breda and FOMU, Antwerp. She is also recipient of the Fotoprijs (NL); Best Dutch photobooks and shortlisted as one of the best photo books by the Guardian.