Shia LaBeouf Shuts Down Anti-Trump Art Installation After Reported Gunshots
Just days after relocating his anti-Trump protest from New York to New Mexico, Shia LaBeouf was forced to shut down his art project once again after gunshots were reported in the area.
According to TMZ, authorities claimed shots were fired around 2:51 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 23, 2017) in Albuquerque just one block away from The Historic El Rey Theater, where LaBeouf and his collaborators — Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö — reopened their installation last weekend.
“We have taken the stream down after shots were reported in the area. The safety of everybody participating in our project is paramount,” LaBeouf wrote on Twitter.
We have taken the stream down after shots were reported in the area. The safety of everybody participating in our project is paramount.
— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) February 23, 2017
Titled “He Will Not Divide Us,” the “participatory performance,” which urges participants to repeat the name of the piece into a live camera for as long as President Donald Trump remains in the White House, was shut down in New York City’s Museum of the Moving Images earlier this month after it had become “a flashpoint for violence.” The venue claimed it 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.
As previously reported, LaBeouf had multiple run-ins with Trump supporters at the installation’s initial home, including a scuffle with an alleged white supremacist who tried to hijack the feed by yelling Nazi rhetoric.
As of publish time, the livestream has been shut off. There is no word as to when the camera will be turned on again.