Mat Fraser

Mat Fraser
Mat Fraser
Fraser’s work has influenced disability culture at the most wide-ranging and innovative levels. His work confronts prejudice and fear of disability head-on and includes frank explorations of sexuality and bodily shame. Fraser is also a black-belt practitioner and instructor in kickboxing.
Cinder Block In Adelaide, Mat Fraser - Embedded
Cinder Block in Adelaide
Digital Print, 36” x 24”
2000
Permanent Collection of Access Living Gift of the Artist
BIO
Mat Fraser is a U.K.-based writer, actor, musician, and performance artist with his own production company, Phocomedia Productions. His theater work, performed both nationally and internationally, includes Thalidomide! A Musical, Sealboy: Freak, and The Flid Show. Films include Every Time You Look at Me, Helen of Troy, Born Freak, Unarmed and Dangerous, and Happy Birthday Thalidomide. He is co-host, with comedienne Liz Carr, of the internationally popular, provocative, and hilarious BBC radio program Ouch!

The son of actors, Fraser combines stories of pursuing a standard theatrical career with his experiences in disability culture in works such as Sealboy: Freak, which is partly based on the true story of Stanley Berent. Berent was known as Sealo the Seal Boy during his long career as a freak show performer, most notably as a regular at the Coney Island side shows. Fraser meticulously recreates Berent’s performance while weaving in his own autobiography explaining how he came to be a politically committed member of disability culture.

THE ART
Fraser’s work has influenced disability culture at the most wide-ranging and innovative levels. His work confronts prejudice and fear of disability head-on and includes frank explorations of sexuality and bodily shame. Fraser is also a black-belt practitioner and instructor in kickboxing. In this photo, he was on his way to a demonstration of the sport in Adelaide, Australia. Fraser had a companion take this picture of him stealing a cinder block to be used in a kickboxing demonstration.