Alanna Lockward

Alanna Lockward by Juan Delancer, 2014
Alanna Lockward by Juan Delancer, 2014


Alanna Lockward has excelled as a journalist, classical ballet dancer, author and contemporary arts curator specialized in time-based radical narratives. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, she has a licentiate degree in Communication Science from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, México, City, and a masters in Art in Context from the University of the Arts Berlin. She obtained a diploma on Dance Education from the Royal Academy of Dancing and performed, among other companies, with the Ballet Clásico Nacional (Santo Domingo), Ballet de Cámara de Jalisco (Guadalajara), Neubert Ballet (New York City) and the Australian Opera (Sydney).

Lockward is the author of Apremio: apuntes sobre el pensamiento y la creación contemporánea desde el Caribe (Cendeac, 2006), a collection of essays, the short novel Marassá y la Nada (Santuario 2013) and Un Haití Dominicano. Tatuajes fantasmas y narrativas bilaterlares (1994-2014), a compilation of her investigative work on the history and current challenges between both island-nations (Santuario 2014). She was cultural editor of Listín Diario, research journalist of Rumbo magazine and columnist of the Miami Herald and is currently a columnist of Her essays and reviews have been widely published internationally by Afrikadaa, Atlántica, ARTECONTEXTO, Arte X Excelencias, Art Nexus, Caribbean InTransit and Savvy Journal. In 2014 she was the guest columnist  of Camera Austria.

At the Museo de Arte Moderno (Santo Domingo) Lockward was appointed Director of International Affairs (1988) and was designated as Selection Jury of the XX Bienal Nacional de Artes Visuales (1996) and as Award Jury in its 26 edition (2011).

She has been a guest lecturer on critical race theory, decolonial aesthetics/aesthesis and Black feminism at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, the Decolonial Summer School Middelburg,  the University of Warwick, Dutch Art Institute and Goldsmiths University of London and has been a panelist at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa) and Duke, Columbia and Princeton Universities in the US. She is currently advisor of the MFA and PhD program of Transart Institute (Berlin/NYC) and is an associate of the DFG funded Young Scholars Network Black Diaspora and Germany.

Lockward is based in Berlin and is the founding director of Art Labour Archives, a decolonial platform for thinking, sensing and doing that facilitates situation specific trans-disciplinary events since 1996, in the US, the Caribbean, Europe and the African continent.

Parallel to this, she also curates BE.BOP. BLACK EUROPE BODY POLITICS at the post-migrant theatre space Ballhaus Naunynstrasse and is general manager of the Transnational Decolonial Institute. As a curator she has been awarded by the Allianz Cultural Foundation, the Danish Arts Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers. Her first documentary project on Black Liberation Theology and the transnational history of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) has been awarded by Dirección General de Cine de República Dominicana (FONPROCINE 2013).


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