Vivien Sansour

Vivien Sansour

Vivien Sansour is an artist and conservationist. She is the founder of The Palestine Heirloom Seed Library and the Traveling Kitchen project, both initiatives aim to bring seed heritage back to the dinner table so we can, “eat our history rather than store it away as a relic of the past”.

Her work has been exhibited in different art and culture institutions including The 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Her performance, “Autonomia” was selected for the closing of the Venice Art Biennale 2019.

Vivien works with farmers worldwide on issues relating to food and seed sovereignty. She uses image, sketch, film, soil, seeds, and plants to enliven old cultural tales in contemporary presentations and to advocate for the protection of biodiversity as a cultural and political act.

Vivien was field producer for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown in 2013. She has also worked with Dan Saladino from the BBC Food Program among others. She is an enthusiastic cook and often refers to herself as “a proud PhD drop out”