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.