Hala ELKOUSSY (1974, Egypt) graduated from Goldsmiths College in London in 2001. In 2004, she co-founded the Contemporary Image Collective (CiC), an artist-run initiative dedicated to the visual image, based in Cairo. In 2006, she completed a two-year residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and in 2010, she won the Abraaj Capital Art Prize. In 2013, Elkoussy published her first book, a photographic journal about urban life after the Egyptian Revolution. Cactus Flower (2017) is her first feature film. Elkoussy lives and works in Cairo and Amsterdam.
Hala Elkoussy at IFFR
Mount of Forgetfulness
Improbable heroes overcome problems in Cairo in this new, fresh variation on Egyptian oral and musical culture.
In Search of a City (in the Papers of Sein)
Idler Sein’s perambulations become a layered declaration of love to the city of Cairo. Shot before, but edited after the Egyptian revolution.
Struggling actress Aida and bourgeois lady Samiha suddenly find themselves on the streets of a tense Cairo. Smooth-operating street urchin Yassin lends the ladies a hand, and this leads to an unexpected trip through the city. A remarkable and exceptional debut that shows Elkoussy's background as an artist.