• City Gallery of Contemporary Art



Escaped, Found a Hideout, Still on the Run
(Animal News)

  1. PLATO, Porážková 26

Opening 11/10/2023 at 6 pm

With the participation of: Yevgenia Belorusets, Cecilia Bengolea, Jan Bražina, András Cséfalvay, Annika Eriksson, Fuki, Kateřina Konvalinová & Jiří Žák, Eva Koťátková, Simona Kossak & Lech Wilczek, Zdeněk Košek, Denisa Langrová, Karolína Matušková & Lucie Zelmanová, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Jim Nollman, Viktorie Pražáková, David Přílučík, Hana Puchová, Ruta Putramentaite, Tabita Rezaire, Jonáš Richter, Lívie Škutová, Adam & Martin Tománkovi, TV Páteř, Cecilia Vicuña, Aleksandra Waliszewska

Curators: Eva Koťátková, Jakub Adamec, Edith Jeřábková, Zuzana Šrámková

Based on a concept by: Eva Koťátková & Edith Jeřábková

Three editorial meetings open to the public: 24/11/2023, 27/1/2024, 1/3/2024

Pigeon’s hair salon: during the opening, then twice a month and three times during editorial meetings and by appointment

Admission fee:
Fan: 1 CZK
Supporter: 30 CZK
Love: 100 CZK


If urban animals were able to tell us how their life is in Ostrava, what would we find out?

The animal news reporting turns the gallery into a newsroom. The building, which once served as the city’s slaughterhouse, now provides the venue for expanding our interspecies imagination and disrupting the boundary between us and other-than-human beings. It also brings the news of a quite complex picture of urban fellow citizenship.

In the exhibition, artists and other residents ask urban animals, especially those from Ostrava and the surrounding area, about their lives in our families and various kinds of neighbourhoods. They even ask those fleeing from us, escaping our traps and hiding in the cracks of walls, industrial structures and remnants of nature. Come and see, hear or create stories of domesticated, feral and wild animals to help find a safer and more equal place for them to live.

Twenty-six new works were created for this project, mainly thanks to the residencies. The gallery was thus able to provide facilities for fourteen residents and professional conditions for creative work right in Ostrava. The residencies were funded by the European Union – Next Generation EU.

Partners: Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, National Recovery Plan, State Fund of Culture of the Czech Republic, Moravian-Silesian Region

Special thanks: IASPIS – Konstnärsnämnden – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Ferona, a.s., JAF HOLZ spol. s r.o., M.K.R. PLUS, spol. s r.o., OPTOMA Europe Ltd., Weppler Czech



Photo: Martin Polák, PLATO
Photo: Martin Polák, PLATO
Photo: Martin Polák, PLATO
Photo: Martin Polák, PLATO
Photo: Martin Polák, PLATO
Photo: Martin Polák, PLATO
Photo: Martin Polák, PLATO
Photo: Martin Polák, PLATO
Photo: Martin Polák, PLATO