â€œIs It Safe,â€ utilizes photographs of family members who survived or were killed during the Holocaust as narrative backdrops. I use dollhouse sizeâ€“â€“1-inch to 1-foot scaleâ€“â€“ 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 grandfatherâ€™s knee. Fascinated since childhood by dollhouses, I was particularly influenced by English childrenâ€™s book illustrations like Rumer Goddenâ€™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: â€œDocumenting the Second Generation: Children of Holocaust Survivorsâ€, â€œIs It Safeâ€ and â€œPlaying Grown Upâ€. Augustineâ€™s work has been view at The Whitney Biennial as part of â€œDebtfairâ€. She received the 7th Edition 2015 Julia Cameron Award for Documentary and Editorial Photography. Solo and two-person shows include â€œAfter Genocide-Collected Storiesâ€ at The Bernstein Gallery, The Woodrow Wilson Institute, Princeton University, Princeton NJ. 2015, â€œHow to Spot One of Usâ€, The Human Rights Gallery, Kean University, Union, NJ. 2015, â€œAliza Augustine-Photographic Constructionsâ€, The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ. 2012, â€œGendered Agency: Aliza Augustineâ€, 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 â€œBerlin Photo Biennialâ€. Augustine received grants from the Puffin Foundation. She has press coverage and publications including the catalogue cover for the â€œ The Feminine Mystiqueâ€, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ. Her work is in public and private collections.