Shia LaBeouf’s He Will Not Divide us art exhibition moved to New Mexico after the former New York Museum of Moving Image shut down the art installation. However, LaBeouf revealed that they were forced to take the stream down “after shots were reported in the area.”
According to TMZ, reports of shots fired happened early Thursday morning in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico just minutes away from El Rey Theater.
The art exhibition asked for people to say the phrase “He will not divide us” into a camera that was live-streaming online. The exhibit is currently located at Albuquerque’s El Rey Theater and was launched by LaBeouf and performance art collaborators Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner.
The website behind the “He Will Not Divide Us” exhibit points out the performance art show is open to the public for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the duration of Trump’s presidency. The performance art exhibit is calling for others to say “He will not divide us” as a way to show “resistance or insistence, opposition or optimism.”
LaBeouf is planning to protest Trump’s presidency with the art installation. The project is intended to last four years. However, the He Will Not Divide us production has run into several bumps along the way. Outside of getting shut down in New York City, LaBeouf was also arrested.
In a statement, the museum said, “While the installation began constructively, it deteriorated markedly after one of the artists was arrested on the site of the installation and ultimately necessitated this action.”
In response to getting shut down, LaBeouf and his team posted a statement in response. In the report they argued, “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”
At this time, it is not clear whether or not the He Will Not Divide Us art installation has been shut down.