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LaBeouf, Rönkkö and Turner, “He Will Not Divide Us”

The performance art trio of Shia LaBeouf, Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner created a compelling protest installation that the artists intend to run for the length of Trump’s term in office. Launched on inauguration day, the piece centers around a camera mounted at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens beneath the title of the work. Visitors are encouraged to state “He Will Not Divide Us”, prompting one visitor to make the statement his mantra for over three hours. The camera’s feed can be viewed 24 hours a day at hewillnotdivide.us. Protest art is often blunt, which works effectively in this interactive and participatory work. The artists use every element of the piece – from the title, to the URL, to the installation lettering, and the words contributed by thousands of participants – to make a succinct statement of protest. Hopefully there will be other feeds in other cities so that others who are not in New York can also make their statement as part of the project.

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Martha Wilson, “THUMP”

Renowned performance artist and feminist Martha Wilson has developed a new piece around Donald Trump. Although her politically related works have involved first ladies, Wilson said that Trump was too juicy a target to pass up. Wilson tells New York Observer that her performance aims for the intersection of “hilarious and the awful”, which is similar to a scene from Faulkner’s Absalom Absalom in which a character is raped with a corncob. Sounds about right for a Trump presidency.

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