As an Afrofuturist neurodivergent person Nwando is focused on proposing neurodiversity as an egalitarian centre for change, whilst resting on the much-maligned wisdoms of the Black Atlantic where the body is a vessel for the spirit to transform the self and the community.
Nwando has been featured in The Guardian, The Wire, Metro, Huck, Evening Standard, and has had Time Out 5★ reviews. She has received: Steve Reid Innovation Award; Oram Award; PRS WMM Award; British Council Musician in Residence; SWCTN Immersive Technology Fellowship. Nwando has performed in Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Berlin, Latvia, Zurich and UK. Her 1st solo exhibition Distorted Constellations, a ritual immersive tech landscape, launched at Push festival, was commissioned by Brighton Festival and Lighthouse, and invited to London Borough of Culture. Current R&D work is supported by ACE, Opera North, Kings Place, Snape Maltings, Mahogany Opera. She has been invited to speak on topics such as neurodivergent possibilities, Afrofuturism and neurodiverse landscapes by University of Huddersfield, Arts Admin and Studium Generale Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. Nwando has also curated Wellcome Collection Lates, composed for Juice Ensemble and was recently sound designer for accessible theatre production Midnight Movie at the Royal Court.
The Live Work Fund will enable Nwando to develop a practice that is more sustainable - personally, socially, economically, environmentally. Throughout 2021 she will focus on exploring new ways to generate multi-sensory immersive experiences and ritualistic community practices particularly for those disabled and oppressed by society including an artist-led retreat model for people who do not have access to the countryside. Nwando will be exploring new ways of using sound and how it interrelates with physiology and neurology, placing accessibility through the cross-modality of the senses at the heart of the creative work.