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Shia LaBeouf Launches 4-Year Anti-Trump Protest At Museum of the Moving Image

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf has partnered with longtime collaborators Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner for a new interactive anti-Trump piece, supported by NewHive and the Museum of the Moving Image.  

Part protest, part performance art, LaBeouf's work invites the audience to repeat "he will not divide us" into a camera mounted on a wall outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York. The performance will be livestreamed 24 hours a day for the next four years, or for the duration of Trump’s presidency.

In the wake of President Trump's Friday inauguration, much of the live stream has taken on a devotional, church-like quality as impassioned participants chant the eponymous line: "He will not divide us, he will not divide us, he will not divide us." Jaden Smith has already made a guest appearance via Facetime, and LaBeouf has aggressively shut down a White supremacist. 

This is not the collective’s first durational collaboration. LaBeouf, Ronkko and Turner also teamed up for #ALLMYMOVIES, where LaBeouf was livestreamed watching all his movies over the course of three days. LaBeouf’s work has always hovered between hypervisibility and invisibility, having previously appeared at the 2014 premiere of Nymphomaniac wearing a paper bag over his head saying, "I am not famous anymore." He Will Not Divide Us follows in this vein as LaBeouf switches from leading the chanting to blending into the crowd or going off screen completely.

Watch LaBeouf's 24/7 performance art piece, here

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