Awaye!: The Mabo effect will be broadcast this Saturday (2 June 2012) at 6:05PM on Radio National.
The 1992 High Court decision in the Mabo case was a watershed - it established the legal doctrine of native title and overturned a legal fiction, the conceit of terra nullius. But 20 years on from the historic ruling what has been the effect on Indigenous artists?
Native title might be a shadow of land rights and justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people but the Mabo decision stands.
We ask Torres Strait Islander artists who talk about the decision as a kind of impetus that drives their work, sometimes on subconscious level.