Reopening ‘The Last Sentinels’ in Atelier des Lumières: Tickets available

Reopening ‘The Last Sentinels’ in Atelier des Lumières: Tickets available

While Paris is awakening, Atelier des Lumières reopens its doors with Jimmy Nelson’s immersive exhibition ‘The Last Sentinels’


After the huge success and critical acclaim of ‘The Last Sentinels’ in October 2020, visitors are given a second chance to be immersed in the jaw-dropping experience where they will witness the awe-inspiring richness of the Indigenous way of life as an antidote for the modern day crisis of disconnection.

From the 9th of June to until the 10th of July 2021, the renowned artist Jimmy Nelson will take up the space of Atelier des Lumières for a second time. A breathtaking art show combining photography, film, animation, and sound will invite the visitor to follow the footsteps of Indigenous peoples and to celebrate them as our new role models. ‘The Last Sentinels’ is a 40-minute immersive experience that reconnects visitors to themselves, others, and the planet. This is all-encompassing art with a huge social, cultural, environmental message.

From spectacle to guardianship

The immersive exhibition is an initiative by Atelier des Lumières and the Dutch Jimmy Nelson Foundation. The Jimmy Nelson Foundation is set up with the mission to share the valuable knowledge of the world’s last Indigenous cultures by means of a worldwide cultural education program. By reigniting the fire of their cultural pride, we want to empower present and future generations to illuminate their cultural heritage before our world is changed forever. “We need to protect Indigenous cultures to protect the planet from ecocide; the red thread connecting all Indigenous communities is their respect for the land. This 5% of the population protects 80% of the Earth’s remaining biodiversity. We need these cultures to help save the environment”, says artist Jimmy Nelson. This is one of the main ideas behind the show. ‘The Last Sentinels’ promotes environmental and cultural guardianship by immersing visitors into the world of Indigenous cultures who are protecting the natural planet.

We think the world belongs to us, but we belong to the world. ‘
The Last Sentinels’ shows that we must learn from Indigenous communities.
Jimmy Nelson

Through this immersive experience, the visitor regains the connection with the source of what it is to be human. We, as the dominant culture, have distanced ourselves from our origins and tend to have forgotten our purpose of living in full connection with each other, ourselves and the natural world. The few on this planet that are still in touch with this knowledge and live by its values are Indigenous peoples. These cultures are the guardians of both humanity and this planet. They are the living examples of how to live in respect to their natural environment, how to understand that we are all united, and how to live our lives to the fullest. By making ‘The Last Sentinels’, Jimmy Nelson and his team hold up a mirror to humanity; they invite us to see and reflect on ourselves through the eyes of the other, and confront us with an overwhelming call to action. Its purpose is provide a radical intervention in rethinking our own values and behaviour; our role within humanity. As cultures are rapidly changing through time and the world’s cultural diversity is at risk, now is the moment to act.

‘The Last Sentinels’ is an example of how the Jimmy Nelson Foundation bridges the disconnection between humanity and the natural world through learning from Indigenous life and knowledge.
Photographic Artist Jimmy Nelson

Practical information

– The show runs from the 9th of June to 10th of July
– Open daily from 6.30 PM to 10.45 PM
– Atelier des Lumières is situated at 38 rue Saint-Maur 75011 Paris
– Metro lines 9 (Voltaire, Saint-Ambroise) and 3 (Rue Saint-Maur)


– Full price: € 13 / Youth price (from 5 to 25 years old): € 10
– Every ticket and book sold fuels the Jimmy Nelson Foundation in supporting the communities directly to bring their heritage and knowledge healthily into the future.
– Order tickets here

Book signing sessions

– June 9, 10, 11, 12
– July 8, 9, 10
From 7 PM until 11 PM

Before traveling, please check the travel regulations of your country and those of France in regards to Covid 19.