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Katherine Anne Mato


My research focuses on Cuban and diasporic contemporary art with a particular emphasis on notions of gender and space, and how these considerations allow for a renegotiation of national and cultural identity. I will be looking at various media, including painting, photography, and performance, in an effort to highlight contemporary Cuban art’s emphasis on cultural hybridity, appealing to the interest in transnational and intercultural crossings present in a global art market. Further informing my project will be the recent establishment of internationalising circuits in Havana, including the development of the Havana Biennial and the rise of key galleries, as well as the recent efforts to provide Internet access to locals by Cuban dissidents, as these alternative spatialities advance Cuba’s transnational flows.

Before starting my PhD at Cambridge, I completed a BA in Art History at the University of Miami and a Master’s Degree in History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of Oxford. I have worked on several exhibitions related to modern and contemporary art at the Lowe Art Museum, served on the search committee for the director of the Lowe Art Museum, and taught Art History and Art Appreciation at Miami Dade College in Spring 2016.


Miami Dade College: Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts, Spring 2016


Transformative Visions: Works by Haitian Artists from the Permanent Collection 2015
Pan American Modernism: Avant Garde Art in Latin America and the United States 2013
From Ancient Art to Modern Molas: Recurring Themes in Indigenous Panamá 2013


English (Native Proficiency)
Spanish (Native Proficiency)
Portuguese (Limited Working Proficiency)

Other Interests

Culture, travel, rowing, and fiction.

Supervisor: Dr. Erica Segre