Underfoot

Underfoot

By Underfoot
Underfoot is a series of virtual audio tours by Liz Crash and Jinghua Qian uncovering the secret histories of Footscray.

Two old friends, both long-time Footscray residents, bring an intimate lens to local history as we travel through the archives looking for people like us: queers, migrants, radicals and artists. Blending our own stories with glimpses of the past, these snack-sized audio journeys allow listeners to explore familiar streets with fresh ears — without leaving their homes.

Underfoot is produced on, and is about, stolen land. We pay our respect to the true owners of this land, the people of the Kulin nation, and their elders past and present. We extend solidarity to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in their struggle for justice.

This project was supported by Maribyrnong City Council’s Rapid Relief Fund.
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Track 4 - Vice Hole
Under cover of darkness, queers, Christians, drinkers, firefighters, Communists, MPs, and Chinese laundry workers spar over who’s a worker, and who’s a threat. The battleground for solidarity is right here, underfoot. Map, transcript, photos and more here.
15:54
June 26, 2020
Track 3 - Labour in Vain
Wander through central Footscray with us while we chat about settler nativism, anti-Chinese campaigns, arts and gentrification, and the grotesque fantasy of a white Australia. Map, transcript, photos and more here.
16:18
June 26, 2020
Track 2 - Swamp, Meat, Salt
A river chokes on blood, fish choke on water, and a town chokes on resentment. Welcome to Stinkopolis, Worst Smellbourne, for a story about industry, water, and class war. Map, transcript, photos and more here.
16:20
June 26, 2020
Track 1 - Foreign Gods
From the train, you see a goddess. She’s not who you think she is. Here’s a meandering story of faith, fear, diaspora, and solidarity. Map, transcript, photos and more here.
15:22
June 26, 2020
Acknowledgement of Country
Underfoot is produced on, and is about stolen land. We pay our respect to the true owners of this land, the people of the Kulin nation, and their elders past and present. We extend solidarity to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in their struggle for justice. More information: https://jinghuaqian.com/underfoot
00:17
June 26, 2020