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View of the Kunsthaus Tacheles artists' colony in Berlin's Mitte district. The building known as the Tacheles (Yiddish word for 'plain, honest, straightforward talk') was taken over by artists after the fall of the Berlin wall. It was originally occupied by a number of international artists, performers and musicians before becoming an art centre. The artists' collective faces expropriation after their lease expired at the end of 2008 and are fighting an uphill battle to preserve the space, located in Berlin's increasingly expensive Mitte district.