After taking a short break in art piece purgatory, Shia LaBeouf’s anti-Trump art installation HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US is back in business. And just like the last time it was temporarily shut down, it’s once again moving on to a new location.
Not long after Shia and partners, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner, mounted a camera outside of the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NY, he got arrested and later got into a fight with a Nazi and it was shut down. It was then moved to Albuquerque, NM, where it was shut down after shots were fired in the area. It was then moved to an undisclosed location and replaced simply with a flag. According to the HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US website (via Entertainment Weekly), the project is leaving the U.S. and traveling across the pond to Liverpool, UK.
Apparently people were so divided over the message of Shia’s art project that it had to be divided from the country it was created for. HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US has been adopted by the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology. FACT confirmed the news today on Twitter.
— FACT (@FACT_Liverpool) March 22, 2017
There’s no word on what the UK edition of HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US will entail, like if it will remain a flag or go back to being a mounted camera, or if it will have a uniquely British name like STRICTLY COME DIVIDING. But I have full confidence that HWNDU will be much more successful in the UK. If trashy UK reality shows have taught me anything, it’s that you can always count on British people to bring loads of class and hours of entertainment when you put them in front of a camera.