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

SAN DIEGO (August 19, 2021)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.

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 8 p.m. and performances begin at 9 p.m. “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.”

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 for $22.20, which includes food and drinks.

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.

Art, Power, Equity, an arts-based enterprise that supports underrepresented artists and promotes equitable arts-oriented development and long-time public relations and marketing firm, J. Walcher Communications (JWC) announced a “Curator-in-Residence” partnership from June through August 2021. Art, Power, Equity establishes relationships with local and regional artists and art professionals to develop projects and exhibitions that cultivate, promote, and showcase those who meet at the intersections of under-representation, economic vulnerability, and community development. For more information, please visit or call 619-373-2039.

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.

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About J. Walcher Communications (JWC)

Celebrating 20 years in business this year, J. Walcher Communications represents an array of local, regional and national clients in industries including hospitality, real estate development, nonprofit and association, sports/entertainment, professional services and more. Services include media and community relations, social/digital media, branding and messaging, advertising, crisis communications, media training and content creation. The company was named by Forbes as one of the “Best PR Agencies in 2021.” For more information, visit or follow on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.