‘The Land of D€MOCRA$¥’ , installation at the Greek Embassy in Hague – The Netherlands

Press Release

The Embassy of Greece in The Hague presents the exhibition of Greek artist Mike Petrakis entitled “The Land of D€MOCRA$¥”, which refers to the institution – concept of Democracy and its functions, from its inception till nowadays.

The artist takes a critical stance towards it and lays his position concerning the facets and contemporary aspects of Democracy.

The exhibition, which was successfully displayed at the Municipal Gallery of Corfu – Greece, is moving to the Embassy of Greece in The Hague, where the artist will also exhibit and some new works on the same subject. Visitors will have the chance to participate by writing their own message about the concept of Democracy.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, 4 June, at 18:00

Duration: 4 June to 2 August 2013

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 13:00

Address: Oranjestraat 7, 2514 JB Den Haag

Sponsors: Vecom Marine Alliances B.V.
Air France – KLM
Coco Mat

Media sponsors: ΕΛculture.gr

Exhibition’s Statement

‘The Land of D€MOCRA$¥’

The LAND of DEMOCRACY with a remarkable collection of landscapes invites its visitors in a pleasure able vision of its history. The guide-narrator, calls us to let ourselves into a play of PICTURES caused by CONCEPT-WORDS and to enjoy a world built on this found a mental principle of creation (let us thus disabuse ourselves of the wish for other interpretations and let us seek visually the word).

In any case, we can all put forward our opinion and proposition regarding the LAND of DEMOCRACY and its contemporary aspects, simply by writing our thoughts on a blank wall at the end of our visitation. Let us not forget, that this contribution will form, including this aspect, the well known expression «in heritage for the generations to follow». So let us all give it a go! We hold in our narrative the inaugural comments by Mike Petrakis, who is the inspirator and curator of the action in this present installation.

1st Chapter
DEMOCRACY, the principles and again the principles of equal citizenship, equality against the law, social justice, the contribution towards humanity, fraternity the different peoples, and of peace, the free access to knowledge, the just allocation of wealth, social dispensation. The  GARDEN of Eden, the land of BLISSFULNESS.
Mike Petrakis: The prerequisite for the balanced function of a human society.

2nd Chapter
DEMOCRACY, the land of UTOPIA for European and other western societies. The construction of a renewable system of mirroring, which calls itself «social and economic relations». The good manner of co-existence. The ROAD  towards all kinds of understanding of the many and various ideas, the AVENUE of all kinds of justifications, the felicity of law conformity.
Mike Petrakis: The hypocritical dimension of human relations undermines every democratic institution.

3rd Chapter
DEMOCRACY, the land of political PRETENTION, of elaborate SCREENIN, of the variety of wise men, the dialogue with the still born. The land with the hidden demons of the invisible extermination, the world of sanctification for the victorious. THE LAUREL LEAF of POWER.
Mike Petrakis:  The unwritten moral laws are being trampled upon in favor of individual interests. The ruling power wears the face of emperors, leaders (political, religious) but also of the insatiable masses.

4th Chapter
DEMOCRACY, the land of alleged spirit of fair competition, of the fighters and the champions of vested interest, of the melancholic strolls in the LAND of ADJECTITY of others. The triumph of statistical numbers. The ambient bridge of suicides, of the burned out lifes cells and of the many aphrodisiacs. The contemporary sexist version of domination and its magic self loving mirror.
Mike Petrakis: Their Democracy is nothing more than a nice commercial product and trick. In its play for profits thousands are its victims, fans who are lustfully following it, and most of the time are charred by it.

5th Chapter
DEMOCRACY, the land of the waving recovery, of the causeless but not without roudy panic of the people, all kinds of so called solutions, of the final EXITLESS EXIT given the HISTORY modern societies.
Mike Petrakis:  Our lost and found Paradise. VOTE DEMOCRACY.

Artist:                    Mike Petrakis
Narrator:             Maria Melenti, Art Historian, Director at the Municipal     Gallery of Corfu – Greece
Location:               Embassy of Greece in the Netherlands
Time  Period:         4 June – 2 August 2013

poster invitation front(1) invitation back (en) Photo of the show, from its first presentation, at the Municipal Gallery of Corfu - Greece, June 6 - July 22, 2012 Photo of the show, from its first presentation, at the Municipal Gallery of Corfu - Greece, June 6 - July 22, 2012

Photo of the show, from its first presentation, at the Municipal Gallery of Corfu - Greece, June 6 - July 22, 2012

I wanna thanks the Greek Embassy in Hague and especially Mr. Dimitrios Sparos, also the sponsors, Vecom Marine Alliances B.V., Air France – KLM and CocoMat, for helping presenting, this very important exhibition, at Netherlands.









Next solo show, ‘Call it Hate, Call it Love, I call it ART’, at Bella Venezia Hotel,  July 9 –  July 23, 2013, C0rfu – Greece, soon more details.

Also on the next post, I will announce, my following shows for 2014.

Kind Regards

Mike Petrakis



13 Responses to “‘The Land of D€MOCRA$¥’ , installation at the Greek Embassy in Hague – The Netherlands”

  1. Barry Says:

    Hello Sir Petrakis, I show the poster, of the Democracy show in the Netherlands, I live in London and I hope to make it to come. I like your perspective and your work. Barry Thorn.

  2. George Says:

    I saw the first presentation of the installation at Corfu and it was great! Congratulations for your work.

  3. Michael P. Says:

    Strong work and statement, people’s Democracy does not exist, we must look further to our existence.
    As a human person, accept my charges. Again very beautiful work.

  4. Jan Says:

    After reading the statement and watching the poster, found this exhibition with power and very ‘training’, catching the serious matter, for our days. Well Mr. Petrakis.

  5. Mailen Says:

    I am from Sweden and I hope this show, come to our places as well. Hi.

  6. Costas Says:

    Congratulations for disserting with a very important subject, also for your work at your site.

  7. Bent Says:

    I saw that show at my vacations, last year in Corfu, and kind like your expression and works, happy for visit it Holland.

  8. Larry Hanter Says:

    Hello Mr. Petrakis, my name is Larry Hanter and I’m very satisfied to see an artist having these concerns, with a very sensitive matter and case. (I’ve sent you my informations to your email). My congrats as well.

  9. Marina Says:

    Seems very beautiful exhibition!

  10. Γιάννης Ποιλίδης Says:

    Κύριε Πετράκη, τα συγχαρητήρια μου για την δουλειά σας και γι’αυτήν την πολύ σημαντική έκθεση. Πρέπει όλοι να κατανοήσουμε τι είναι Δημοκρατία και τον ρόλο μας μέσα σε αυτήν. Το κείμενο είναι πολύ ωραίο επίσης, δίνοντας στον θεατή, όχι όνομα να καταλάβει την έκθεση αλλά και την πραγματική ύπαρξη της Δημοκρατίας. Χαίρομαι να βλέπω να γίνονται τέτοιες εκθέσεις και να προβάλλονται στο εξωτερικο. Τα χαιρετίσματα μου.

  11. Ella Says:

    Hello Mr. Petrakis, I visited your exhibition and it is great, the messages, the meanings you want to send and the works you create, must be watch by many people, it is very nice for bringing here this show. Also I read you interview at NRC newspaper and like what you and Mr. Sparos, wants to say about real Democracy and E.U.

  12. Sophie Says:

    Nice show and theme, inspired me.

  13. Donna Says:

    You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something that I think I would never
    understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad for me.
    I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

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