Shia LaBeouf’s Anti-Trump Art Installation Will No Longer Be in the U.S.
It seems like Shia LaBeouf’s anti-Trump project is getting deported.
The former Transformers star announced the relocation of his art installation with collaborators Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö after the performance piece faced much protest and scrutiny. Titled “He Will Not Divide Us,” the project — which encouraged participants to chant the name of the piece into a mounted camera broadcasting a live feed — was last held outside the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico before it was closed over reported gunshots in the area.
“On March 8, 2017, the project moved to an unknown location. A flag emblazoned with the words ‘HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US’ will be flown for the duration,” a statement on the official website read. “On March 22, 2017, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool, adopted the project.”
LaBeouf first set up the installation outside New York City’s Museum of the Moving Images on the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, vowing the project will go on for as long as the former reality star remained in the White House. His efforts were shut down on Feb. 10 when the museum hosting the installation claimed the site had become “a serious and ongoing public safety hazard” after LaBeouf was arrested during a peaceful protest and charged with assault. At the time, the 30-year-old actor responded by saying that the museum had “abandoned” them.
As previously reported, LaBeouf, who would often stand by the camera to lead the chant, had multiple altercations and arguments with Trump supporters who dared to disrupt the scene, including an alleged white supremacist that 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,” the art project’s website read. “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.”