The Last Labyrinth

Ana Amado appointed to describe Cape Prior in Spain, within a one year collective project, and interpreted the landscape as the place of the Minotaur and Teseo myth.

Ana Amado, The Last Labyrinth, Cape Prior, Spain 2016
The greek myth of Minotaur’s Labyrinth is represented in the singular environment of Cape Prior, in the Northwest coast of Spain, that lends its brutal natural beauty made of cliffs carved by the Atlantic ocean and its strange military ruins to this universal tale.
“The Last Labyrinth” is my personal recreation of the possible Teseo’s journey in search of the path that would lead to the Minotaur to give him death, in this restless place with infinite doors, endless passages and pierced holes in the rocks, like a thousand eyes of a giant insect.

This photographic project was created as part of a wider program where a group of Galician artists, architects, photographers, sculptors and musicians were working for almost one year about the idea of this amazing landscape, the Cape Prior. This place is scattered by several points of interest: first, the powerful nature, the high cliffs, the rough coast and the embraced ocean. The wind is always blowing hard here. But you also can find some really appealing military ruins that form unusual architectures, round circles, deep holes, dark galleries dug in the rocks… these are traces of air defense installations that were built in the 20’s and the 30’s of the XX century.

I decided to face the project using this two elements, the ruins and the landscape, to place my personal Minotaur’s labyrinth and Teseo’s journey to find and kill him in the heart of the cliffs.


Ana Amado, born in Ferrol, A Coruña (Spain) in 1975 is an architect, photographer and visual artist. Her work has been awarded internationally and exhibited at PhotoEspaña (Madrid), the Biennale di Venezia (in the Spanish Pavillion, Golden Lion 2016), at the Royal Academy of Arts (London), Tent Gallery (Edimburgh), the International Festival Eme3 and Picasso Museum (Barcelona), among others.

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