Joshua Craze

Can We See Torture?

Joshua Craze (b. 1982, UK) is a writer from London. He is currently a Harper Fellow and Collegiate Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. As a journalist, he is a fellow at The Nation Institute for Investigative Reporting, where his work on American national security was cited in a Senate inquiry. He is also a researcher on South Sudan with Small Arms Survey, and his publications with that organization have broken a number of major news stories on South Sudan. In 2014, he was a UNESCO Artist Laureate in Creative Writing. He was educated at the universities of Oxford and Amsterdam, L’École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and he has a Ph.D. in Sociocultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.

He is the nonfiction editor of Asymptote, a journal of literature in translation. His recent work on redaction includes a long essay, A Grammar of Redaction, which was exhibited at the New Museum in New York in 2014, as part of its Temporary Center for Translation. Excerpts were subsequently published in Archival Dissonance: Knowledge Production and Contemporary Art, I.B. Tauris/Ibraaz, New York, 2015. He has also written on Jenny Holzer’s redacted paintings, including an essay entitled The Dead Letter Office, which appeared as the introduction to War Paintings, Walther König, Cologne, the catalogue for Jenny Holzer’s exhibition at the Museo Correr in Venice in 2015. In 2017, he published another essay on Holzer’s paintings in the book Belligerent, Ivory Press, New York. His project on the rhythms of war in Sudan and South Sudan has resulted in many essays, including recent publications in Creative Time Reports, Fourth Genre, and Chimurenga’s Pan-African gazette The Chronic.