Lykourgos Porfyris’s Kakurlackó Order focuses on the representation of albinos and albinism in occidental history and contemporary pop culture. From the era of colonialism and witch hunts to contemporary culture industry (e.g. The Da Vinci Code book and film), albinism is felt as ominous, obscure, supernatural, demonic.
Drawing upon his personal research and experience as an albino, Porfyris comes to terms with processes of demonization / fetishization by iterating, synthetizing, and narrativizing the unknown story of albinism. This work is a fake research on an albino sect of monks acting during the 17th to 18th century and their underground networks with the heretics of Catharism. The research is based on actual text written by colonialist expeditioner and naturalist such as expeditioner Nils Mattsson Kiöping).
In Kakurlackó Order Lykourgos presents 4 engravings that are coming from the medieval era and one painting coming from the 19th century (actually produced by him) and they are depicting the actions of albino heretics and sorcerers. The work includes a fake research text. The paintings, videos and the engravings on this project are a mapping of Porfyri’s fake evidence.
Kakurlackó Order is exhibited at the 6th Athens Biennale ANTI- in 2018, curated by Poka Yo, Kostis Stafylakis and Steffani Hesler, at NITJA art Center at Lillestrøm, Norway in 2020 and at Porfyri’s solo show “The Hyper Whites” in Gallery BO, Oslo, Norway.