"The present Queensland Government is a friendly enemy of the black people, as they like to give you the bible & take away your land."
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, he won his 10-year legal battle 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.
Very special thanks to the Mabo family for their gracious permission to create this artwork.