"He completely used me" – Marina Abramović on Jay Z
The famed performance artist disses the iconic rapper
Marina Abramović has spoken out against rapper Jay Z, saying that her experience with him in 2013 for the Picasso Baby live performance was "completely cruel" and something she never wants to do again. The Serbian iconic perfomance artist has said that Jay Z "used" her when he asked if he could adapt her work – The Artist Is Present – for a music video concept.
In an interview with Spike magazine Abramović said: "The day before, he came to my office and I gave him an entire PowerPoint presentation and said: OK, you can help me, because I really need help to build this thing."
She added: "Then he just completely used me. And that wasn't fair. 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." She said that she didn't regret the experience, but that it is something she would never do again:
"In the end it was only 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."