Mariana is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Creative Economy Engagement by Midlands3Cities in partnership with Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Contemporary. She is researching the legacy and influence of the Bauhaus in Great Britain, particularly in popular youth culture. Mariana is also an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Mariana has a PhD in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London. Her thesis Women cooking art: Hospitality and contemporary art practices explored how food, art, and feminism intersect, especially in light of the gendered history and practices in the food system, when opened onto a philosophically developed notion of hospitality. Mariana’s research interests include art from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, as well as gastropolitics, culinary diplomacy and food as Intangible Cultural Heritage. She also has a MA in Art History by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2010) and a BA in Restaurant Management by CESSA University, Mexico (2005).
In 2014 Mariana was appointed UK Research Associate for the Delfina Foundation residency program “The Politics of Food” and is currently a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Her teaching experience includes art history, visual cultures and food culture courses at undergraduate level, both in the UK and in Mexico. Her curatorial experience includes the exhibition La Ruta de don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. Miradas de un Siglo, to commemorate the bicentenary of Mexico's Independence in 2010.
‘Eating Human Cheese: The Lady Cheese Shop (Est. 2011).’, in: FEAST Journal, No. 3: The Meal (June 2017).
‘Sonja Alhäuser’s Mise-En-Place: Illustrated Recipes, Mapping Performances.’, in: FEAST Journal, No. 2: Decoration (October 2016).
‘Eating Latin America: César Martínez “sculptocooked” bodies.’, in: Street Signs 2015, The Latin America Edition (11–13).