Shia LaBeouf's Anti-Trump Project Is Back From the Dead

Those who want to utter the phrase can do so in Albuquerque
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 19, 2017 1:29 PM CST
Shia LaBeouf's Anti-Trump Project Finds New Home
In this undated photo, actor Shia LeBeouf, left, stands in front of a live-steam camera with the words "HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US" posted on a wall outside of the the Museum of the Moving Image.   (AP Photo/Deepti Hajela, File)

Shia LaBeouf has brought his performance-art piece against President Trump to New Mexico's largest city. As of Saturday, the 24-hour live-streaming camera had been mounted to a wall outside the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque. As when it was outside New York’s Museum of the Moving Image, a message in block letters reads: "He will not divide us," referring to Trump. The actor and co-creators Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner want people to go up to the camera and repeat the phrase. The trio posted a statement on LaBeouf's website that reads in part, "On February 10, 2017, The Museum of the Moving Image abandoned HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US. Their evident lack of commitment to the project is damning."

It continues, "It is our understanding that the museum bowed to political pressure in ceasing their involvement with our project. We were only informed of the museum's capitulation in an email from their attorney, Brendan O'Rourke—a lawyer who we note also represents the current president." As for what LaBeouf is thinking about his second attempt at a project which is supposed to last the duration of Trump's presidency, you can try to parse this statement he made to the Albuquerque Journal: "We are anti the normalization of division. That's it. The rest of the info is right there, chief, I got nothing else to say to you." LaBeouf was arrested in New York City last month after he got into an altercation with another man during the performance art project. The AP reports he faces a misdemeanor assault charge and is due in court April 4. (Read more Shia LaBeouf stories.)

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