Rima Canaan Lee


Rima Canaan Lee was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and grew up in Hamburg, Germany. She earned her BA in English and American Literature from Harvard University and went on to complete a PhD in Comparative Literature at Yale University, undertaking extensive coursework in art history and film studies for both programs. Lee is recognized for her photographs of rodeo and stock shows, which document both the dynamic action of the rodeo arena while also studying the relationship of participants to their animals and, surprisingly, to their phones. Additionally, Lee’s close-cropped photographs of architectural elements consider the complex cultural narratives such ornamentation offers—much like the work of Candida Höfer and other photographers of the Düsseldorf school.

 Lee has been featured in exhibitions at Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, TX; the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, TX; and the Tacoma Art Museum. She currently lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas.



Rima Canaan Lee

Rococo on the Edge
Talley Dunn Gallery
October 20 – December 16, 2017

Rima Canaan Lee

Marfa Contemporary
January 16 – March 16, 2015