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Anna Banana, (b. 1940) is a Canadian mail-artist,
performer, writer, publisher and artistamp artist. She took her
nick name at the age of
30, when a man made her fall over backwards into a box of bananas.
Around 1984 she changed her name from Anne Lee Long and took Anna
her official name. She lives in British Columbia and has been an innovator,
entrepreneur and critic in the Mail-Art network since 1971. She
was one of a number of artists who pioneered an important branch of Mail-Art,
when she created and distributed editions of original postage size artworks
called artistamps. Banana also started the newsletter calledBanana
Rag(1971-1991) that, in 1991, she converted to Artistamp News and
then passed on to Ed Varney (Canada) in 1996. Vile,
a magazine that Anna started in 1974 in collaboration with Bill
Gaglione turned out to be an important instrument in the expansion
of the Mail-Art network in the seventies as did her Banana Olympics,
the first of which was held in 1975. With the 1988 purchase of a Rosback
rotary pin-hole perforator, Banana began publishing International
Art Post. At the beginning of the new century Anna's Mail-Art
activities were greatly reduced as she began to move in other directions.
She became involved in the making and trading of Artist Trading Cards
(ATC's ). Trading both by mail and with various artists, in her
hometown Roberts Creek where she introduced the activity.
Banana Rag (1971-1991) / Artistamp News (1991-1996)
Anna Banana? Alive & well
[Vancouver, B.C.? : A. Banana, 1973?] – Artist Book
Pssst! Ever seen a banana peel? : 1974.
Vancouver, B.C.? : A. Banana, 1973?] – Artist Book
Vile Magazine (1974-1983) - Periodical
**A book about Vile. Vancouver
: Banana Productions, c1983 N6494.M35V545 1983 (Art Lib.)
Why bananas. [Malmö] : Wedgepress & Cheese,
 – Artist Book
International Art Post(1988) - Periodical
Banana's bulletin. Roberts Creek, B.C. : Anna Banana, [199-]
Twenty years of fooling around with A. Banana. Vancouver
: A. Banana, 1990
collector's album / concept and design by Anna Banana. Vancouver
: Banana Productions, 1990.
popular art of postal parody : international artiststamps /
Anna Banana. Victoria, B.C. : Open Space Arts Society, 2000.
Sources for obtaining more information about the artist:
Janssen, Ruud. Mail-interview with Anna Banana
(Canana) [sic]. Tilburg, Netherlands : TAM-Publications,  http://jas.faximum.com//library/tam/tam_13a.htm
Ferranto, Matt. “Anna Banana and Guy Bleus:
Studies in Networking” from “(mis)reading mailart”,
The Spare Room FLUXZONE. http://spareroom.org/mailart/mis_3.html accessed
on May 21st, 2005.
Perneczky, Geza. Network Atlas: World and Publications
by the People of the First Network. Soft Geometry, Cologne. http://www.c3.hu/~perneczky/atlas.html (updated
April 2003). Vol. 1, pp. 29-35.
Some biographical information obtained from Sztuka Fabryka (2005). Mail-Art
Encyclopaedia. http://www.sztuka-fabryka.be accessed
in April 2005.