Born in San Juan/Puerto Rico.
Studied screenwriting and directing at Columbia University´s Film Department in New York. Works as a video artist, video designer for avant garde theater and filmmaker since 1987.
Selected exhibitions of her video art include: “Race Mixers” (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2001), “Masai” (Valencia Biennale 2001), “Video Art, Art Magazine, 01 No5” (Berlin, St. Gallen, Lucerne, Vienna, 2000), “The Zanzibar Project” (Anthology Film Archives, New York, 1998).
As a video designer for theater, she collaborated with various artists and directors, including Renate Ackermann (“Jacob Lenz”, Karlruhe, 2001), Shelley Hirsch (“For Jerry”, Berlin, 1998) and Kyle De Camp (“Come to Life”, Performance at P.S.1, New York, 1997).
In 1994 she wrote and directed her first independent feature film “Pearl”. Yvette Mattern co-produced and worked in collaboration with director Arthur Jafa on “Smile” in 1995. 1996 assistant editor of “Office Killer”, a film directed by Cindy Sherman. 1999 film juror at the InterArts International Short Film Festival in Berlin.
She is currently completing a personal video documentary entitled “My Safari”, about her travels to Zanzibar and Tanzania in 1997.