Prosecco Wisdom

Lizzy Deacon and Ika Schwander, ‘Prosecco Wisdom’, 2024. Video Still.

Prosecco Wisdom is a new film work and exhibition by OSE Alumnus Lizzy Deacon and collaborator Ika Schwander.

Prosecco Wisdom traces two characters’ pursuit of contentment in the abject capitalist backdrop of a holiday paradise that is usually populated by groups and couples. It references the YouTube trend of girls’ post-breakup solo-travels to all-inclusive resorts as they search for meaning in a context not designed for them.

Prosecco Wisdom is commissioned by 243 Luz and Open School East as part of Open School East’s Alumni Programme, a pilot strand of the work we do to ensure OSE continues to support early to mid career artists to develop and sustain their practices, develop strong support networks of their own, and enable them a platform to connect to new audiences and peers.

Current Alumni Development Programme partners include The Mosaic Rooms, Acme Artist Studios, 243 Luz and British Council & Turner Contemporary (The Venice Biennale).

Lizzy Deacon and Ika Schwander (both b.1999) are an artist duo based between London and Amsterdam. Their practice employs video, as well as drawing and performance. 

They have recently exhibited at The Millennium Film Workshop, New York (2023), The Institute of Performative Arts, Maastricht (2023), Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2022), The 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan (2022), Associação Audio-Visual CUT, Macau (2022), IndieLisboa International Film Festival, Lisbon (2022), London Short Film Festival, Rio Cinema London (2022), WetDovetail Gallery, Middlesbrough (2020), LUX Moving Image, London (2018).

They have been awarded The Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for an Emerging Experimental Artist at 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival (2022), The Golden Frame Award for Best Film, Diametrale (2022), The Zubroffka Award (2022), The Goldsmiths Research Internship Bursary (2021), The Video Power Distribution and Mentoring Award (2021), as well as residencies at AUST, Lisbon (2021) and The High House, Norfolk (2021, 2023).

243 Luz is a contemporary art gallery located in Margate, UK. Established in 2023.

Open School East is a free, independent art school that focuses on collective learning through the arts and community partnerships. We support cultural practitioners at an early stage of their career to develop and sustain their practice, and enable young people and adults alike to learn new and transferable skills, develop their confidence and shape their creative voice by becoming active learners and co-producers of OSE’s programmes.