Interview with Luis Pazos and Héctor Puppo of the Grupo Escombros, conducted by Marcela Fuentes as a part of the 6th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in June of 2007 in Buenos Aires, Argentina under the title CORPOLÍTICAS en las Américas: Formaciones de Raza, Clase y Género / Body Politics in the Americas: Formations of Race, Class and Gender
Grupo Escombros emerged in 1988 in La Plata, Argentina as a collective dedicated to street/public art. It was a time of full-blown hyperinflation, where everything seemed to be collapsing, democracy included. The artists asked themselves, "What will be left of our country?" Their answer was, “Los escombros” [the rubble]. That is how their group got its name. Most of their performances take place in open spaces; they are created for and by the people of La Plata; they always reflect current socio-political realities, and they are produced using discarded materials. Escombros expresses itself using all imaginable forms of communication: installations, manifestos, murals, objects, posters, poems, prints, public talks, visual poems, graffiti, postcards, net art, etc.