Escracho was conceived, designed, and produced by Eduardo Kac in 1983 in Rio de Janeiro. It includes contributions from artists and writers from several countries in a variety of forms (visual poetry, essay, cartoon, collage, graphic narrative, photography, rubber stamp, typewriting, drawing, and photocopy).
The front cover of Escracho by Kac is Pornogram #3, the back cover is a visual poem by Kac and the poster inside by Kac is Pornogram #2.
In Portuguese, the word "escracho" denotes an attitude of direct (off color) humor; a disrespect of "proper manners"; a blatant way of calling things as they are; a sense of hilarity and derision. It is direct and unapologetic. It is an attitude having to do with a lack of respect for hierarchies.
In the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), Museum of Contemporary Art (Barcelona), Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection, The School of the Art Institute (Chicago, Illinois), Harvard University, Houghton Library, Department of Printing & Graphic Arts (Cambridge, MA), Robert A. Deshon & Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, University of Cincinnati (Ohio), among others.
Eduardo Kac is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking and influential contributions to the development of contemporary art and poetry. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Tate Modern (London), Victoria & Albert Museum (London), the Museum of Modern Art of Valencia (Spain), the ZKM Museum (Karlsruhe, Germany) and the Museum of Contemporary Art of São Paulo (Brazil) among others.