Alanna Lockward

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Photo: Miguel Gomez, 2016. (Source)
Born March 23, 1961(1961-03-23)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Died January 7, 2019(2019-01-07) (aged 57)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Alanna Lockward (1961, Santo Domingo - 2019, Santo Domingo) was a journalist, ballet dancer, writer, filmmaker and contemporary art curator. She was the founding director of Art Labour Archives, a platform for theory, political activism and art (1996). Lockward had conceptualized and curated the trans-disciplinary meeting BE.BOP (Black Europe Body Politics; 2012–2018). Her interests included Caribbean marronage discursive and mystical legacies in time-based practices, critical race theory, decolonial aesthetics/aesthesis, Black feminism and womanist ethics.

Lockward received her PhD from Humboldt University Berlin for her thesis on the Black Theology of Liberation of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), following degrees in Art in Context at the University of the Arts Berlin, and Communications Science at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico City (1979-1983). She was a Research Professor at the Center of Caribbean Studies, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) as well as a guest lecturer at the Decolonial Summer School Middelburg and Dutch Art Institute, the Netherlands; Malmö Art Academy, Sweden; University of the Arts, Humboldt University, and Transart Institute, Berlin.

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

In 2016 she premiered her documentary film, Allen Report. Retracing Transnational African Methodism (FONPROCINE 2013), later nominated for the La Silla Awards (2017). This was the first Dominican film invited to the prestigious 24th New York African Film Festival (2017).

Lockward published Apremio: apuntes sobre el pensamiento y la creación contemporánea desde el Caribe (Cendeac, 2006), a collection of essays, the short novel Marassá and the Nothigness (Partridge Africa, 2016) and Un Haití Dominicano. Tatuajes fantasmas y narrativas bilaterales (1994-2014), a compilation of her investigative work on the history and current challenges between both island-nations (Santuario, 2014). Lockward edited BE.BOP 2012-2014. El cuerpo en el continente de la conciencia Negra (Ediciones del Signo, 2016), included in the series “El Desprendimiento” initiated and edited by Walter Mignolo from 2004. She was cultural editor of Listín Diario, research journalist for Rumbo magazine, a columnist for the Miami Herald and a columnist for Acento.

She was based in Berlin and Port-au-Prince, Dominican Republic. She previously lived in Mexico, Haiti, the United States, and Australia.


  • Allen Report: Retracing Transnational African Methodism, 2016, 76 min. Documentary. [1] [2]


Books, journals, dissertations[edit]

  • Apremio: Apuntes sobre el pensamiento y la creación contemporánea desde el Caribe [Pressure: Notes on Thought and Contemporary Creation from the Caribbean], Murcia: Cendeac, 2006, 212 pp. A compilation of Lockward's work as critic, drawn from Dominican (Cariforum, El Listín Diario), American (The Miami Herald), and Spanish (Atlántica) publications throughout the past ten years. [3]. Publisher. [4]. Reviews: Phaf-Rheinberger (Iberoamericana), García (Exit-Book). (Spanish)
  • Schwarz-Black-Afro. Widerspiegelung eines Wortfeldes im Tagesspiegel 2004-2006, Berlin: Institut für Kunst im Kontext/Universität der Künste Berlin/Fakultät bildende Kunst, 2006, 52 pp. Master's thesis. [5] (German)
  • editor, with Ovidiu Tichindeleanu, IDEA 42: "Black Europe Body Politics: Testimonials of an Event / Somapolitica Europei negre: testimoniale ale unui eveniment", trans. Anca Bumb, Cluj: IDEA, Autumn 2012, pp 109-140, HTML (en), HTML (ro). A special dossier with reflections on BE.BOP 2012. (English)/(Romanian)
  • Marassá y la nada, Santo Domingo, Rep. Dom.: Santuario, 2013, 103 pp. With illustrations by Gabriela Vainsencher. [6], [7]. Reviews: Maríñez (EN, ES), Stanley, Pérez, Régis. (Spanish)
    • Marassà and the Nothingness, Partridge Africa, 2016. A short novel.
  • editor, with Keith Nurse, Caribbean Intransit 1(4): "Cutting Edges: New Media and Creative Entrepreneurship", African and African American Studies/George Mason University, Spring 2013, 147 pp. [8]
  • Un Haití dominicano: tatuajes fantasmas y narrativas bilaterales (1994-2014), intro. Rubén Silié Valdez and Paco Navarrete, Santo Domingo, Rep. Dom.: Santuario & Búho, 2014, 311 pp. Introductions. A compilation of investigative work on the history and current challenges between both island-nations. Includes interviews, essays, and newspaper articles. [9], [10]. Reviews: Rincón-Alba (e-misférica), Casimir (Lettres de Cuba, ES, FR). (Spanish)
  • editor, BE.BOP. Black Europe Body Politics. Chronology, 2012-2015, Berlin: Art Labour Archives, 2015, 44 pp. (English)
  • editor, BE.BOP 2012-2014: El cuerpo en el continente de la conciencia negra, pref. Walter Mignolo, Buenos Aires: Del Signo, 2016, 198 pp. Contributors: Erna Brodber, Fatima El Tayeb, Walter Mignolo, Teresa M. Díaz Nerio, Artwell Cain, Robbie Shilliam, Rolando Vázquez, Simmi Dullay, Manuela Boatca, Julia Roth, Lesley-Anne Brown, Yoel Díaz Vázquez, Jeannette Ehlers, Patricia Kaersenhout, Quinsy Gario, Transnational Decolonial Institute. TOC. (Spanish)


Other curatorial projects without printed catalogue


  • "Noticias de Clara", Vetas 3:23, Santo Domingo, Oct 1996. [18]

Essays, reviews[edit]



  • Claire Breukel, "Alanna Lockward", in Breukel, Y.ES: Collect Contemporary El Salvador, BookBaby, 2014, pp 86-91. (English)
  • Caroline Trouillet, "Une afropéanité décoloniale, un regard caribéen", Africultures 99-100, 2014, pp 330-335. [45] (French)
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