Save Black Bodies


aung.robo (°1988, Washington, United States) is a political visual artist whose works, in a variety of media, study the intersections of race, class, and gender. By investigating language on a meta-level and personal-level, aung.robo tries to grasp language as it evolves to make space for folx whom are “Other.”

Her artworks distort recognisable forms which she hopes move viewers away from ingrained beauty aesthetics.  Here that vision shifts, becoming multifaceted as if to expose the humanity in oneself through emotive images, often juxtaposed with snippets of text. By applying abstraction, she creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer into the image.

Her works focus on the inability of communication to visualise reality, the attempt of dialogue, the dissonance between form and content and the dysfunctions of language. In short, the lack of clear references are key elements in the work; she develops forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations.

Her works are based on formal associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned.

Vagabond City Literary Journal

Founded in 2013, we are a literary journal dedicated to publishing outsider literature. We publish art, prose, reviews, and interviews from marginalized creators.