Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction

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ZAR 73 970
Lot 39
  • Lyndi Sales; What are your chances if the game is rigged?

Lot Estimate
ZAR 50 000 - 70 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 73 970

About this Item

South African 1973-
What are your chances if the game is rigged?
paper and thread
124 by 115cm excluding frame


The theme of gambling is one that runs through Lyndi Sales’ solo exhibition 1 in 11 000 000 Chances. Pippa Skotnes explains that this complex piece comprises 159 paper birds and red strings and 159 tags each burnt with a seat number, nationality, and sex of an individual from flight SA 295 that crashed into the sea on 28 October, 1987. To Skotnes, the gambling chips that are printed on the tags with the SAA logo ‘convey more than just the suggestion that long distant flight carries risk; they also convey condemnation, since the transport of illegal chemicals drastically increased that risk on flight 295 …‘Lyndi Sales’ great achievement here is to have created a body of work that is beautifully constructed, intriguing, evocative, free from sentimentality and yet so closely integrated into a personal sense of loss, even anger, and the memories of her fourteen year old self who waited for the father who would never return. She has memorialised that loss and characterised the chances of its occurrence as 1 in 11 000 000, but at the same time she has reminded us all of our own fragility and vulnerability and the forces that are way beyond our control.’1

  1. Pippa Skotnes. (2006) Curating the Gravesite: An Introduction to 1 in 11 000 000 Chances, [Online] Available: news/2006/09/13/curating-the-gravesite-anintroduction-to-1-in-11-000-000-chances-bypippa-skotnes/ [4 December 2018].


Bell Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, Lyndi Sales, 1 in 11 000 000 Chances, 13 September to 7 October 2006. 

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