Claudia Mattos is a curator, writer, and art historian whose interests include the intersections of art and global politics, emergent technologies, and queerness; art as a tool of critical pedagogy; and contemporary art of the Caribbean, Latin America, and their respective, broadly distributed diasporas.
In her most recent institutional role, Claudia served as Assistant Curator of Media Arts and Live Events at The Baltimore Museum of Art, where she curated exhibitions by Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin and the New York collective DIS. She previously held positions at Performa, New York, and Locust Projects, Miami. She has contributed to exhibitions, curatorial research and writing at The Whitney Museum of American Art; Independent Curators International; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; and the Rubell Family Collection, among others. Since 2016, Claudia has been a regular curatorial consultant and contributor to the exhibition program at the gallery David Castillo; and in 2020, Claudia was named the gallery's Director, leading its exhibitions, programs, and new initiatives, including a new moving image series.
In Fall 2019, Claudia was a Curator-in-Residence at the Shanghai Curators Lab organized between the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts and the Shanghai Biennial. She is currently serving a term as a Researcher-in-Residence at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea.
She earned an MA in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London; and a BA in Art History and Visual Studies from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Claudia shares a collaborative curatorial practice with Noor Alé, Associate Curator at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto. Together, they curate projects, screenings, and exhibitions as AXIS.
Claudia's curatorial vocabulary is intersectional and rooted in feminist, post-colonial, and LGBTQ+ frameworks.