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Shia LaBeouf confronts white supremacist on live stream of latest art installation

Tuesday 24 January 2017

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On Friday, the art collective of Shia LaBeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner launched their latest live art installation, ‘HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US’. The live stream will run for 24 hours a day for four years, or for the length of Donald Trump’s presidency, having began on the day of his inauguration. Taking place outside the Museum of Moving Image in Queens, New York, the public are invited to say the words ‘He will not divide us’ into the camera. This mantra is designed to “act as a show of resistance or insistence, opposition or optimism, guided by the spirit of each individual participant and the community” over the duration of Trump’s presidency.

On Sunday, just three days into the project, a man wearing a SS M43 Cap, Nazi uniform, approached the camera and said “1488,” which combines the white supremacist code for their 14-letter creed with a reference to “heil Hitler,” as ‘h’ is the eighth letter of the alphabet. He also told the camera “We must secure the existence of the white race.” LaBeouf confronted the white supremacist, shouting “he will not divide us” into his ear as he attempted to speak to the camera again.

Watch the clip from the stream below: