Μιχάλης Χατζηνικολάου / Michalis Chatzinikolaou (b.1926)
Michalis Chatzinikolaou is one of the last ship-makers in Greece, awarded for his craft and inventions by various institutions of Athens and with two golden medals from the Global Organisation of Progress and Civilisation. Even though he is in his 80s he keeps giving life to the wood and creates masterpieces that sail proudly in the Aegean Sea and further.
-Quotation from the newspaper Anatropi (2006)
This project is dedicated to my grandfather's life, who is a shipwright based in Rhodes, Greece. He was born in a small island in the South East of Greece named Symi. My grandather has been working in shipyards since the age of 13 and hasn't retired yet, having reached the age of 90. He has also worked in ocean liners and travelled all over the world, visiting tens of countries in every continent. He creates wooden ships from the design to the painting and I highly admire his ambition, passion for work and creativity. My aim is to tell his story and what it means to devote one’s whole life to mastery of a craft. I completed this project in my third year of university for my final degree show.