Moses Sumney has released a new song called “Monumental,” his own interpretation of Spyridon Samaras and Kostis Palamas’ “Olympic Hymn,” as part of a new Thom Browne campaign. The song is accompanied by a stunning black and white video starring and direct by Sumney, featuring the musician singing the song on a pedestal like a marble statue come to life. Watch the campaign video above, and read Sumney’s statement on the piece below..
What does it mean to pose statuesque on top of a marble podium, at a time when statues across the world — long-standing symbols of white supremacy — are literally being toppled? What does it mean to appropriate the Greco-Roman statue, a long-standing placeholder of white male virility and beauty, and replace it with my black body? A body that has historically been disregarded as far less beautiful and in more recent years, objectified? What does it mean to objectify myself? — Moses Sumney