Artist and actor Shia LaBeouf and his collaborators, Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö, have decided to stop live-streaming their recently relocated public artwork HeWillNotDivide.Us, which is installed outside of Albuquerque’s El Rey Theater, after gunshots were fired near the arts venue.
Earlier this morning, LaBeouf tweeted: “We have taken the stream down after shots were reported in the area. The safety of everybody participating in our project is paramount.”
The work, which consists of a camera situated on the exterior of the building with “He will not divide us” written above it in all capital letters, was created as a participatory performance piece that would stream footage of passersby repeating the phrase throughout the duration of President Trump’s term.
Originally, the artwork opened during Trump’s inauguration, on January 20, at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York. However, the institution shut down the installation, calling it “a flashpoint for violence” and forcing LaBeouf, Rönkkö, and Turner to find another home for it. The trio criticized the museum for abandoning the project, claiming that it “bowed to political pressure.”
Three days after HeWillNotDivide.Us was installed outside of El Rey Theater, the work was vandalized. Someone had graffitied “Reject false idols. Do it!” with pink spray paint, damaging the piece.