The He Will Not Divide Us project has resolved not to be divided any longer by relaunching in New Mexico. The Art Project permanently moved to the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque in New Mexico after it was shut down due to public safety concerns at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.
The shutdown led to the arrest of LaBeouf for allegedly assaulting someone at the exhibition site. Shia LaBeouf and his collaborators, Ronkko & Turner made an announcement on the cross-country on their website as they used the majority of their statement to harshly criticize the original museum for abandoning their project. The statement pointed out that the evident lack of commitment to the project was disapproving, adding that the museum failed to address the concerns of the movement from the outset as their piece framed as a political rally instead of a participatory performance artwork resisting the normalization of division.
Shia had previously claimed that all of his attempts to curb hate speech and violence at the exhibit were neither acknowledged nor acted upon by the museum in any way. He also emphasized that the museum bowed to political pressure in ceasing its involvement with the free speech project, adding that the Museum of the Moving Image is not fit to speak of the projects intent.
He Will Not Divide Us launched on Inauguration Day, and the movement has showed unwavering commitment to its efforts in free speech, with LaBeouf, the project will continue for the next four years in Albuquerque undisturbed and it will be open to the public.<<Back