“Is It Safe,” utilizes photographs of family members who survived or were killed during the Holocaust as narrative backdrops. I use dollhouse size––1-inch to 1-foot scale–– dolls in my art practice to retell visual stories, echoing the way that I was told tales of war and escape as a child on my grandfather’s knee. Fascinated since childhood by dollhouses, I was particularly influenced by English children’s book illustrations like Rumer Godden’s The Dolls House. They provided me with a refuge from a noisy and disruptive household, and became an early influence for how I now retell and re-narritivize my life.
Born in Israel, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in painting, Augustine has worked as a photographer since attending a Photography Residency at the School of Visual Arts in 2006. Photographic series to date include: “Documenting the Second Generation: Children of Holocaust Survivors”, “Is It Safe” and “Playing Grown Up”. Augustine’s work has been view at The Whitney Biennial as part of “Debtfair”. She received the 7th Edition 2015 Julia Cameron Award for Documentary and Editorial Photography. Solo and two-person shows include “After Genocide-Collected Stories” at The Bernstein Gallery, The Woodrow Wilson Institute, Princeton University, Princeton NJ. 2015, “How to Spot One of Us”, The Human Rights Gallery, Kean University, Union, NJ. 2015, “Aliza Augustine-Photographic Constructions”, The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ. 2012, “Gendered Agency: Aliza Augustine”, The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. 2010. Her work has been in group exhibitions in the US and internationally at the 2016 “Berlin Photo Biennial”. Augustine received grants from the Puffin Foundation. She has press coverage and publications including the catalogue cover for the “ The Feminine Mystique”, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ. Her work is in public and private collections.