Ruthann Lee

Ruthann Lee is an artist and scholar born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at York University, and holds an MA in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education from OISE/UT. Ruthann was a selected participant of the Inside Out Queer Youth Digital Video Project in 2002. She received an Emerging Artist Award from the Toronto International Reel Asian Film and Video Festival for her first short video, Ohm-Ma (2002). Her most recent video, Ma Chère Amie (with Isabelle Kim, 2010) was produced with support from the Toronto Arts Council. Ruthann’s videos have been screened at numerous international festivals and venues, including Inside Out, Reel Asian, Image Out, Mix, OUTFEST, Copenhagen Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Berkeley Women of Color Film Festival, Ottawa Art Gallery, DC Asian American Pacific Film Festival, the Art Bar, Reel Affirmations Film Festival, Reel Out, and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Ruthann has published essays in several collections on topics related to feminist media, anti-racism, queer politics, and representations of race and masculinity. She co-edited the anthology Han Kut: Critical Art and Writing by Korean Canadian Women (Inanna Publications, 2007), and a Special Issue on “Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, Transsexual/ Transgender Sexualities” in Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femmes (Winter/Spring 2005). Ruthann currently teaches in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at Dalhousie University and resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Artist Code: 864


Ma Chere Amie

2010, 04:00 minutes, colour, English


2005, 01:40 minutes, colour, English/Silent

Trying to Keep Concentrate

2004, 07:30 minutes, colour, English


2002, 05:30 minutes, colour, english

Critical Writing

Captured and Controlled: Critiquing Surveillance through The Camera
by Sarah E. K. Smith. Sorting Daemons: Art, Surveillance Regimes and Social Control, 2010. Kingston: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2010.
The Reel Deal
by Gloria Kim. FILMPRINT - The magazine of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, Jan. 2007, v. 27, no. 1.