Marina Abramović on working with Jay Z: “He just completely used me.”

20.05.15

Superstar performance artist Marina Abramović has spoken out about working with Jay Z on the 2013 video for Picasso Baby – and she hasn't got the nicest stuff to say.

"He just completely used me," Abramović said in an interview with Spike, "This is very different from Lady Gaga, for example, who has done great work for me. Just by having 45 million followers, she brought all these young kids into my public."

The day before the performance, Jay Z went to Abramović's office and received a PowerPoint presentation and said "OK, you can help me, because I really need help to build this thing." But in the end, it was a "one-way transaction".

"I will never do it again, that I can say. Never," she said.

I was really naive in this kind of world. It was really new to me, and I had no idea that this would happen. It’s so cruel, it’s incredible. I will stay away from it for sure."

Jay Z's video was always pretty naff in the first place, so we've embedded a far superior version which you can watch above.