WA artwork gallery vandal charged for refusing at hand over laptop computer

An artist who defaced one in all Australia’s most well-known work throughout a gasoline firm protest will combat a counter-terrorism cost over entry to her digital gadgets, labelling it “state-sanctioned overreach”.

Joana Veronika Partyka, 37, pleaded not responsible on Monday within the Perth Magistrates Court docket to 1 depend of failing to obey a knowledge entry order after she declined to cooperate with authorities.

Ballardong Noongar man Desmond Blurton and ceramic artist Joana Partyka at the Art Gallery of WA on Thursday.

Ballardong Noongar man Desmond Blurton and ceramic artist Joana Partyka on the Artwork Gallery of WA on Thursday.

Her lawyer, Zarah Burgess, mentioned Partyka would mount an affordable excuse defence through the one-day trial scheduled for September 11 in the identical court docket.

The Australian Greens communication advisor’s residence was raided in late February by counter-terrorism police, who seized her cell phone, laptop computer and different belongings.

Partyka was ordered to supply entry to the digital gadgets by early March, which she declined to do.

“We’ve got at all times maintained that Ms Partyka had an affordable excuse to not give police full entry to her gadgets,” Burgess mentioned.

“Notably as they include delicate organisational info referring to the political get together for which Ms Partyka works, in addition to private information of that get together’s members, donors and supporters.”

The raid got here a few month after Partyka pleaded responsible to criminally damaging Frederick McCubbin’s work Down On His Luck on the Artwork Gallery of Western Australia.

In the course of the protest Partyka spray-painted a Woodside Vitality brand onto a transparent plastic sheet defending the oil on canvas work painted in 1889.

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