Performance: September 22, 2007
Participants: Morgan Schagerberg, Leon Schagerberg, Sofia Pontén, Nils Granberg & Marianne Johansson
Duration: 5 hours
– This farmer boy, this farmer boy has made a long journey and I hope it soon comes to an end.
Morgan Schagerberg exposes a fragmented inner room, focusing on the characters that the artist wanted to be in his childhood: the Farmer Boy, the Twin, the Deer, the Gypsy, the Indian and the Italian. The entire room provides the stage, which is covered in tattoo-like drawings and lit up by homemade crystal candelabras. In the dim light, the audience meets Schagerberg in the role of his characters one by one, and sometimes several at a time. Every character sings the same song over and over again: A farmer boy in love, an ex-farmer boy in love. This farmer boy gives unconditional love… Schagerberg makes his way through the people, delivering his mantra to anyone who wants to give him attention. The singing varies from tender, weak and close to desperate, broken and aggressive in interaction with Schagerberg’s friends in the room. The friends: a cat, an angel, the singing boy and the dying mermaid sing along, watch and tend to their relation with the main character. In these gothic and decadent surroundings, Morgan Schagerberg tells the story of living and dying, of loving and of the capability to accept love. The artistic works of Morgan Schagerberg (born in 1964 in Hagfors, Sweden, lives and works in Malmö) begin in the big existential, bordering on banal, questions of good and evil, happiness and misfortune and the ideologies and theories that keep these domains divided. The drawings, installations and performances of Schagerberg easily bring associations of mortality. They reveal beauty in what is broken and fragility in what is fair. In his performances, he willingly puts himself in an exposed and vulnerable role to examine his own and the audience’s desires.