NAME:

Niek Verschoor

NATIONALITY:

The Netherlands

BASED IN:

Nijmegen

WEBSITE:

http://www.niekverschoor.nl

ABOUT ARTIST:

Niek Verschoor lives in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and works both as a visual artist and a tutor at the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam. He is founder of the special army group 11Dutch Airborne Art Rangers (11DAAR), a unique part of the 11Air Assault Brigade of the Dutch Defence Forces.

“Strategic interventions and visual statements on ‘violence’ and ‘threat of violence’ are the main objectives of my projects.

The establishment of a special army unit, the Dutch Airborne Art Rangers (DAAR), in 2004, was the start of my unique collaboration with the 11th Air Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Netherlands.

Since then, raising awareness for the protection of art and artists and the preservation of cultural property in conflict zones is my major goal.

Therefor in 2009, I worked in Uruzgan, Afghanistan and in 2014 the Raw Art Fair in Rotterdam was safeguarded by a platoon Marines. Later in 2017 a museum director and an army general both signed a treaty with the intention to protect and safeguard art and artists in warzones worldwide.”

SUBMISSION: Last Shot at the Moon

To shoot the moon, to achieve the highest goal possible, to ask for the best you could ever hope for. Now is the time that we, people living on our tiny blue dot in space, should have the courage to send the last bullet up to the moon as a horrifying monument, an awkward remembrance of to never ever shoot at each other again.

Last Shot at the Moon is a monument of the last bullet, founded in commemoration of all the known and unknown victims of violence all over the globe. In placing this last bullet fired on earth as a token on the face of the moon we, inhabitants of this planet, strongly confirm the intention not to export our acts of violence to other planets.

The actual last bullet is inside a cube of one square centimetre to fit the Moon Gallery and engraved with the text: Last Bullet.