Atelier des Lumières

The Last Sentinels’ in Atelier des Lumières

Artist Jimmy Nelson presents ‘The Last Sentinels’ in Atelier des Lumières, Paris: the first time that Indigenous cultures are brought to life immersively


Pioneering multimedia installation immerses visitors in Indigenous cultures and confronts them with our modern day crisis of disconnection

From 16 to 31 October 2020, the acclaimed artist Jimmy Nelson will take up the space of Atelier des Lumières for a breathtaking art show combining photography, film, animation, and sound. This adventure 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.

Not just ‘moving wallpaper’– this is immersive and all-encompassing art with a huge social, cultural, environmental message”

Jacques de Tarragon, director of Atelier des Lumières


The art space Atelier des Lumières (“Studio of Light”), founded by Culturespaces in 2018, is located in a repurposed 19th Century foundry in the heart of Paris. It uses 120 digital projectors and a spatialized sound system with 50 speakers to present immersive sight-and-sound exhibitions based on the works of famous artists from the past and present. Thanks to the world’s largest fixed video installation in an area of 3300 m², the audience will be fully immersed in images, movement and sound, amplifying all emotions.

It is a total submersion in the art and brings it alive, which is unique in the world. Atelier des Lumières is leading in a new inclusive art wave, in which accessibility for all is key. Never in the history of art has this rich body of work been shown in such a contemporary way.

Artist Jimmy Nelson

After having made a wonderful debut in 2018 with the very first exhibition dedicated to Gustav Klimt, a majestic exhibition addressing the oeuvre of Vincent van Gogh paved the way for the work of the great masters, from Monet to Chagall, Renoir, Picasso and Matisse.

he role of an art centre is to compartmentalize, and that is why digital technology is so important in twenty-first-century exhibitions. Used for creative purposes, this technology has become a formidable vector for dissemination, and is capable of creating links between eras, adding dynamism to artistic practices, amplifying emotions, and reaching the largest possible audience.

Bruno Monnier, president of Culturespaces 


From spectacle to guardianship

This autumn, Paris will have a unique premiere of an entirely new initiative by Atelier des Lumières and the Dutch Jimmy Nelson Foundation.  The Jimmy Nelson Foundation is founded with the mission to safeguard the world’s last Indigenous cultures and share their valuable wisdom with the world.

“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 Jimmy Nelson Foundation supports Indigenous communities in preserving and passing on their traditional heritage and knowledge by investing in reciprocity projects for the communities Jimmy visited, for now and generations to come.

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 16th to 31st of October

– Open daily from 6.30 PM to 11 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.




We are all human and together we can inspire humanity to respect one another. The Jimmy Nelson Foundation facilitates projects to raise awareness and share knowledge of Indigenous cultures through education and art. The reciprocity projects will focus on working together with the communities to support their cultural heritage. But we can only change the world together!


Do you or your company want to contribute financially, so we can achieve our goals? Please send an email to

Each book sold empowers people to revalue their cultural heritage. From education programmes to research and reciprocity projects. Good karma? You bet. Artist Jimmy Nelson, the initiator of this foundation, creates renowned art books. In his images, people stand there proud, as if on a pedestal, worthy of all respect. The first step towards recognition for indigenous cultures and their wisdom around the globe. His books are making an impact with a capital I. Each book sold is not only raising awareness but also financially fueling our various projects. Visit his website for more information or to order a book.

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