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Shia LaBeouf Moving His Anti-Trump Livestream To New Mexico

22 February 2017

Shia LaBeouf and his collaborators Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö slammed The Museum of the Moving Image in New York City after the site closed down their anti-Trump installation, He Will Not Divide Us.

LaBeouf, Turner and fellow artist Nastja Säde Rönkkö first unveiled the exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens on January 20 - the day of President Trump's inauguration - with the intention of it lasting throughout his term in office.

In the statement, LaBeouf and his colleagues said that they "voiced serious concerns" to the museum about the hate speech that was happening at the site of their project, but their requests for help "were not even acknowledged, let alone acted upon".

Shia LaBeouf has relocated his Donald Trump art installation protest to New Mexico.

The US actor set up the video project in Albuquerque on Saturday night, a few days after it was removed just three weeks into its four-year run.

Allegations of violence hit the media after LaBeouf got arrested for assaulting a man at the NY exhibition site.

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That idea ran into nearly immediate problems with violence and multiple arrests, and was shut down by the museum after just three weeks had passed. LaBeouf was arrested the day after the art installation launched, following allegations he had assaulted a 25-year-old man at the site of the project.

In their own statement, LaBeouf, Ronkko and Turner wrote that the museum failed to consult them when it staged a political rally at the exhibit in January, and accused the museum of "bowing to political pressure" in closing it. LaBeouf was charged with misdemeanor assault and a harassment violation and is due in court on April 7. We were only informed of the museum's capitulation in an email from their attorney, Brendan O'Rourke - a lawyer who we note also represents the current president.

Shia LaBeouf broke the news of the new location on Twitter.

Starting February 20th, the "He Will Not Divide Us" exhibit will appear on a wall outside the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The art installation was originally hosted by the New York Museum of the Moving Image, but it quickly drew an alt-right following that trolled the livestream with racist signs and chants.