Eddie Mabo (1936 - 1992)

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE

 

Eddie Koiki Mabo was an Indigenous Torres Straight Islander who fought for Aboriginal land rights in Australia. In 1993, his 10-year legal battle resulted in a landmark decision against colonialism which finally recognized land claims for Indigenous people.

 

This piece was made for an auction in Toronto as part of a 2020 fundraiser for Australian bushfire relief. The event raised over $11,000 for firefighters and wildlife rescue.

 

Very special thanks to the Mabo family for their gracious permission to create this artwork.