Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern is not about a building. It’s about surfaces—wood panels etched with the regular movement of tipsy crowds, clay bricks that can only tell the truth, walls covered in photographs, documents, paintings, maps, prints, flags, signage, and memorabilia. By photographically scanning these surfaces we are, in a sense, detaching the walls from the building and laying them flat. Altering the form of the material, from a room into a flat scroll, we can begin to see it as an archive. Viewed flat in high definition, we can zoom up close to a single picture frame on the wall and read the writing in its margins. We can think about the hands that hung it and the momentous circumstances that made hanging it the right thing to do.