Hala Elkoussy

Hala Elkoussy

Egypt

Disorientation and excess are a conscious attempt to produce unauthoritative knowledge, to counteract the mega narratives of the overarching State and Media.    

Biography

Hala Elkoussy (1974, Cairo, Egypt) studied at the American University before completing an MA in Image and Communication at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. She lectured on photography during 2002 and 2003. 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. In 2010, Elkoussy was a recipient of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize. She has produced and directed two music videos screened on Egyptian Television in 2011 and 2012. She published her first book, a photographic diary of life in the city during the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution, the following year.
Elkoussy’s work in video, photography and installation delves into intimate and overlooked sides of communal living to highlight the underlying dynamics at play within the complex urban structure that is Cairo.

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