Artist Nahla Valdez Presents “Are You Really Here?” For Third “Curator-in-Residence” Show

Art, Power, Equity will present the artwork of artist Nahla Valdez in a performance art show featuring works that showcase her background knowledge in set design, film and music video direction. The show will be an immersive art experience that stimulates the senses.

Exhibition schedule

Valdez’s “Are You Really Here?” exhibition continues on Aug. 21 at the office of J. Walcher Communications, located at 1940 Market St, San Diego, CA 92102. Doors open at 8PM and performances begin at 9PM. “Are You Really Here?” will continue next Saturday, offering a unique cast of co-creators to participate, resulting in a different experience with each scheduled performance.

“We moved houses a lot when I was growing up. I’ve never lived in a place longer than five years, so that reinforces my belief that we’re all products of our environment. My work uses all five senses to explore the different versions of ourselves we experience and perceive through travel, living and being,” said Valdez. “I want people to be able share a sensory experience that involves smell, taste and touch just as much as seeing and hearing, perhaps even more so.”

This weekend’s theme: Ovulation

In this weekend’s exhibition, a brand-new experience will open its doors to the public under the theme of Ovulation. Ripping away the narrow patriarchal viewpoint of this stage of a menstrual cycle, which solely focuses on fertility and pregnancy, Valdez invites the audience to see its sensual, sexual and creative aspects.

Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite for $22.20, which includes food and drinks.

About Nahla Valdez

Born in San Diego to a transborder family, Valdez developed identities on both sides of the U.S. and Mexico border, calling both Tijuana and San Diego home. Inspired by music, art and dance from a young age, she studied ‘bellas artes’ in a mentorship program with artist, Juan Valcarcel, in Spain then transitioned into filmmaking under Duane Gardella at San Diego City College. Valdez’s repertoire includes drawings, paintings, large-scale installations and ceramics. Valdez is a filmmaker, visual artist and founder of La Cine Femme, a community for women and feminists to address gender inequality in the film industry.

About Art, Power, Equity (APE)

Art, Power, Equity is a community-led organization that aims to support local artists in underrepresented neighborhoods. It is an art based social and cultural enterprise that helps BIPOC artists and promotes equitable artistic development. Art, Power, Equity serves and inspires artists to keep their creative drive alive through community actions and exhibitions.

See you there, San Diego!