It may not be long until the “He Will Not Divide Us” movement is forced to find a new home again. The “art project” or “protest” -depending on you look at it- began at 9:00 AM on the day that President Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.
It began as a 24 hour live streamed camera at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City but lasted less than a month before it was moved. The museum abandoned the project, which was started by Shia LaBeouf, Rönkkö and Turner, because it “had become a flashpoint for violence and was disrupted from its original intent.”
Its second home was outside the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, NM and just as its first home, it did not last more than a month. Sine then, the project has been on the run from unknown individuals who are determined to ensure it does not have a permanent home.
Despite the project’s “He Will Not Divide Us” flag being planted in “unknown locations” it has always been found, including when it was placed in the middle of a Tennessee forest. “4chan users” crowd sourced information on sunset times, weather patterns, astrology, social media, and flight patterns to track down the flags exact location. Once the flag was located, someone replaced it with a “Make America Great Again” hat and T-shirt.
Realizing that the project would not likely be safe on US soil, LaBeouf moved it to the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool, UK in March. “Events have shown that America is simply not safe enough for this artwork to exist,” the the project’s founding trio stated on FACT’s website.
Last week it was moved to the le lieu unique, the national center for contemporary arts and music venue in Nantes, France. The flag sits high on top of the museum, a seemingly safe location.
So far it has been safe from removal or destruction but an attempt to destroy it was almost successful this time.
“An unauthorised drone carrying a burning piece of cloth approached the flag to try to set it alight. The fireproof flag was undamaged and the attempt failed,” Lieu Unique gallery said in a statement.
The 24 live stream video captured the entire event.