Born in Cape Town and raised by her single mother in Nelspruit, Ramkilawan returned to Cape Town in 2015 to major in sculpture at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. Her work focuses on the trauma of dislocation and displacement she felt because of her South Asian identity. However, far from allowing the pertaining ideologies surrounding such an identity to dominate her, Ramkilawan uses her artworks to speak out and become a restorative tonic for her community. “Attempting to find a process of healing through making led me to where I am now. I craved intimacy between what I was making and myself,” the artist explains. Her work uses portraiture to create a visual presence of the ‘Indian experience’ that disrupts linear narratives. “I place emphasis on exposing how trauma of the past resonates in the present,” she adds.