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Erasmo Wong Seoane

MA work

Truth eats the soul

"Truth eats the soul" is a publication that explores the strategies used by the ex-head of the secret service in Peru Vladimiro Montesinos to manipulate, persuade and control the public’s perception. I am interested in manipulation, persuasion, perception management and how these elements relate to the concept of truth. I am also interested in the relationship between these elements and believe systems. Montesinos was the lord and master of the transformation of reality; he edited truth and engineered a fake world.

 My exploration seeks to raise questions in the current politically unstable times and uses the story of Sarah Ellen as a vehicle to examine the concepts mentioned before. Her story was used by the Peruvian government (Montesinos and dictator Fujimori) as a smoke screen to distract the public from the implementation of the death penalty in a context of extreme political violence, with thousands of cases of enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions, and torture by the security forces.

Sarah Ellen was a British woman from Blackburn, England. According to the story, Sarah was accused of practicing witchcraft and committing murder. She was ultimately sentenced to death. Sarah was chained and sealed alive in a lead-lined coffin. Before Sarah was entombed, she warned that she would return from the dead in eighty years’ time and take revenge. The townspeople, as well as the authorities, were so afraid that they did not allow Sarah’s husband, John Roberts, to bury her in Blackburn. He was forced to travel around the country in hopes of finding a place for his wife’s final rest. Eventually, John left the country with the coffin on a boat from Liverpool in search of a place to bury Sarah Ellen. He reached Peru, purchased a grave for 5 pounds and finally buried Sarah in a small fishing town called Pisco, 200 km south of Lima, the capital of Peru.

On Sarah’s headstone he wrote:

In Memory of Sarah Ellen,

Beloved wife of J.P. Roberts

Of Blackburn, England.

Born March 6, 1872 and Died June 9, 1913.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2017

  • I am interested in unintentional manifestations of conceptual art that occur outside of artistic environments.
  • Degrees

  • MA Fine Art, Photography, Royal College of Art, 2017; B.A. City and Regional Planning California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, 2009
  • Exhibitions

  • The Dose Makes the Poison, Carousel, London, UK, 2017; Waves, Project Photography Space, Royal Collegeof Art, London, UK, 2017; Perú Realismo Fantástico, Castellodi Andrano, Apulia, Italy, 2016; 'The Beaver Collective' with Jordan Baseman,Gasworks Gallery, London, UK, 2016; Royal College of Art Secret, London, UK, Dubai, UAE, 2016; RCA WIP Show, London, UK, 2016; Perú Realismo Fantástico, Palazzodei Principi Gallone, Tricase, Italy, 2015; Venice Biennale 2015, “Ojo Andino” Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice, Italy, 2015; Perú Realismo Fantástico, ESPACIO Fundación Telefónica, Santiago, Chile, 2014; Piura Realismo Fantástico, Museo de Artes Amazónicos, Iquitos, Perú, 2014; Piura Realismo Fantástico, Museo Vicús, Piura, Perú, 2014; Piura Realismo Fantástico, Centro CulturalRicardo Palma, Sala Raúl Porras Barrenechea, Lima, Perú, 2014
  • Awards

  • Region Piura Award, 2014. Youngest person to receive this award by the Governor of Piura and the Vice president of Peru. Literature Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa has also received this award.