Shia LaBeouf’s ‘He Will Will Not Divide Us’ Art Installation Is Back Up Again
According to the “He Will Not Divide Us” website, the performance piece, which LaBeouf vows to keep alive for as long as President Donald Trump remains in the White House, will now be live-streamed outside the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Like its previous home at New York City’s Museum of the Moving Images, a camera has been mounted on a wall with a sign encouraging participants to chant the phrase, “He will not divide us.”
LaBeouf’s project was shut down on Feb. 10 after it became a location of recurring violence. The museum hosting the installation claimed the site was “a serious and ongoing public safety hazard for the Museum, its visitors, staff, local residents, and businesses” after one of its artists, LaBeouf, was arrested for on the site and charged with assault. At the time, LaBeouf responded by saying that the museum had “abandoned” them.
— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) February 10, 2017
As previously reported, LaBeouf had multiple run-ins with Trump supporters at the installation’s initial home, including an alleged white supremacist who tried to hijack the feed by yelling Nazi rhetoric.
“Open to all, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the participatory performance will be live-streamed continuously for four years, or the duration of the presidency,” LaBeouf and his collaborators, Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö, wrote of the project on its website. “In this way, the mantra ‘HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US’ acts as a show of resistance or insistence, opposition or optimism, guided by the spirit of each individual participant and the community.”
El Rey Theater, Albuquerque pic.twitter.com/QYgKyBgvhR
— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) February 18, 2017