Features October 5, 2007 By Dennis Lim
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Asia Argento at the Chelsea Hotel. Black Silk Spider Gown Maison Martin Margiela. Photography by Mary Rozzi

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Asia Argento turns 32 this year, but the movie star, cult auteur, sex symbol, and multilingual, multi-tattooed polymath has already squeezed more chapters into her willful, unpredictable career than most people manage in a lifetime. She started out as a teen ingénue in her native Italy, starring in romantic comedies and the horror movies of her father, Dario Argento. Crossing over to American films, most conspicuously as a sultry spy opposite Vin Diesel in 2002’s extreme-sports thriller xXx, she briefly attained It Girl status in Hollywood. Keen to retain her outsider credentials, though, she poured her energies into her own filmmaking, directing herself in two brash, image-warping vehicles: Scarlet Diva and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things. She continued to pop up on the periphery of other people’s movies, gravitating to fashionable filmmakers like Sofia Coppola (Marie Antoinette) and Gus Van Sant (Last Days). And that’s not even counting her extracurricular roles as author, model, musician, and DJ. Without sacrificing her trademark aura of transgression, this international woman of mystery has now entered her mature phase as a serious actress — albeit a serious actress who’s not above tongue-kissing a dog onscreen if so required. Argento’s unofficial coronation as a pan-global art-film icon took place at the Cannes Film Festival this year, where she had the lead role in two new movies by pedigreed directors: Olivier Assayas’s Boarding Gate (which will open in the U.S. this winter) and Catherine Breillat’s An Old Mistress (slated for a 2008 release).

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Art October 3, 2007 By Hisham Bharoocha
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HISHAM AKIRA BHAROOCHA did Issue 17’s Earth By. “We all have an inner cosmos that reflects our understanding of this planet,” he says. “This image is from my inner cosmos.” The Brooklyn-based artist combines music, visual art, and photography to create multimedia works that have created buzz in the NYC underground community. Born in Niigata, Japan to Burmese and Japanese parents, Hisham has taken his work globally to places like the Watarium Museum in Tokyo and De Vleeshal in the Netherlands. His musical endeavors include founding two bands, Lightning Bolt and Black Dice, collaborations with Doug Aiken and the Boredoms, and his first solo album, Full Bloom, which was released in January. At its core, Hisham’s mission is simple and integrative — he hopes “for each medium to embrace the other — to create and support each other without borders.”