Shia LaBeouf slams museums decision to have his anti-Trump installation removed
20 February 2017 Entertainment News
Fourth Estate Staff
New York City, NY, United States (4E) – The Museum of the Moving Image in New York City decided to remove Shia LaBeouf’s anti-Donald Trump installation and the actor slammed the museum for the move.
The installation is called “He Will Not Divide Us” and LaBeouf , together with his collaborators, Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö , said in a statement, “Their evident lack of commitment to the project is damning. From the outset, the museum failed to address our concerns about the misleading framing of our piece as a political rally, rather than as a participatory performance artwork resisting the normalisation of division.”
The “He Will Not Divide Us” installation was supposed to be a four-year live stream project which will be outside the aforementioned museum in response to the presidential win of Trump. Those who attended the installation were encouraged to say the line “He will not divide us” into the camera.
Contrary to the statement of the creators that there were no incidents of physical violence, LaBeouf was seen in a livestream video getting in a shouting match with a man who was said to be a Trump supporter. LaBeouf was arrested by the New York Police Department after LaBeouf had a physical altercation with the man, who was not named. Although the altercation with the man had nothing to do with the installation, the physical violence still took place near the installation.
The museum said in a statement they had to take down the anti-Trump installation because it was creating an ongoing public safety hazard for the Museum, its visitors, staff, local residents, and businesses surrounding the area as the installation has become a flashpoint for violence.
The collaborators of the “He Will Not Divide Us” installation will now be moved at the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They have started with the new site of their project last February 18.
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