Hala Elkoussy was born in Cairo in 1974. She started working as a freelance photographer in 1998. In 2002, she completed an MA in Image and Communication at Goldsmiths College, University of London and lectured on photography at the American University in Cairo between 2002 and 2003. In 2004, she co-founded the Contemporary Image Collective - CiC, an artist independent initiative dedicated to photography and video, based in Cairo. In 2005, she started a two-year residency at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.
Recently, Elkoussy has exhibited at Tate Modern, London, the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, the International Centre for Photography, New York, The Centre D’Art Contemporain, Geneva and the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo.
At the DAI Hala Elkoussy has acted as a guest lecturer, guest writer and workshop leader (Why Video).