Beneath the City
Julia Herfurth and Scott Lewis
Beneath the City – Uncovering the Old Melbourne Cemetery underneath the Queen Victoria
Beneath the City exhibition will be a site-specific mixed media presentation and archival material installation involving audio, experimental film, lino prints and photographs in response to the Old Melbourne Cemetery site where the Queen Victoria Market is now located.
Little is known by the public about the Old Melbourne Cemetery that was established in 1837; the first cemetery to be divided into religious denominations, including an area for First Nations People. It was closed in 1922. Between 7,000 and 9,000 graves were not relocated during the successive
expansion of the Queen Victoria Market (est. in 1878) and still remain on the premises. The sculpture Passages and boundary markers are so far the only on-site reference to the cemetery. Artists Scott Lewis and Julia Herfurth will develop the work while in residence at Testing Grounds Emporium – located opposite the site of The Old Melbourne Cemetery. The exhibition will be held at the end of their residency.
Guest contribution during exhibition
Cassandra Tytler will present the video work Frutti Tutti, part of a developmental residency with
Testing Grounds in 2022.
Guest contribution during opening
Local psychopomp and representative of the Office for Chthonic Services, Charon the Ferryman
(Olivia Lennon), will invite exhibition opening attendees to perform a reverse libation for the
hungry ghosts of the Old Melbourne Cemetery.
Presentation at Testing Grounds, 432 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.
Wednesday, February 22 2023, 6-9pm
Wednesday 23rd February – Sunday 26th February 2023
Opening hours 2-7pm
Scott Lewis is an independent filmmaker based in Melbourne.
Julia Herfurth is a freelance artist based in Berlin, Germany.