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
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
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”